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7275 Roman Pope Clement XII Pocket Watch *Very Rare*

Maker: Nicod a Paris

Circa: 1730

I am pleased to offer from my private collection the amazing Antique French Memento Mori Verge Fusee pocket watch c1730’s made by the French watch master Nicod a Paris, specially for the cabinet of the Roman Pope Clement XII.

Clement XI Patronized the first archaeological excavations in the Roman Catacombs, so he was obsessed of the skulls as a symbol of Memento Mori.

 This is an extremely important historic pocket watch.
 The watch has a highly ornamented gilt silver Vermeil hand chased and hand engraved drum shaped case surounded with skulls.
 The case depicting a Grim Reaper skeleton holding the Papal Staff in his hand-symbolize the transience of human life. It means that it doesn’t matter if you was knight, bishop or Pope-the exit is one and the same for all.

This all should remind to the Pope himself that he is mortal too.
 The skeleton backed up to a grandfathers clock-a “tempus fugit” symbol. Next to the skeleton’s legs are fallen a Papal Tiara crown, and Papal hat.

The rear case depicting the Vatican Coat of arms-the crossed keys of St.Peter,and engraved text in Latin ” Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” that means “Thus passes the glory of the world.”

It has been interpreted as “Worldly things are fleeting.” The phrase was used in the ritual of papal coronation ceremonies between 1409 (when it was used at the coronation of Alexander V) and 1963.As the newly chosen pope proceeded from the sacristy of St.Peter’s Basiclica in his sedia gestatoria, the procession stopped three times. On each occasion a papal master of ceremonies would fall to his knees before the pope, holding a silver or brass reed, bearing a tow of smoldering flax. For three times in succession, as the cloth burned away, he would say in a loud and mournful voice, “Pater Sancte ,sic transit gloria mundi” (“Holy Father, so passes worldly glory!”) These words, thus addressed to the pope, served as a reminder of the transitory nature of life and earthly honors.

The watch has a fine enamel dial with the original hands.

 The watch has an amazing fire gild verge fusee movement-all hand made and hand finished by the master-fantastic hand pierced and engraved balance clock in PERFECT WORKING ORDER!!! (do not expect a quartz accuracy from 300 years old watch) 
It comes with the matching key and gilt skull and bones chain fob.
50mm in diameter, 25mm thick
 100g heavy.

The watch comes with an APPRAISAL CERTIFICATE FOR $8,000.00!

7275 Roman Pope Clement XII Pocket Watch *Very Rare*

Maker: Nicod a Paris

Circa: 1730

I am pleased to offer from my private collection the amazing Antique French Memento Mori Verge Fusee pocket watch c1730’s made by the French watch master Nicod a Paris, specially for the cabinet of the Roman Pope Clement XII.

Clement XI Patronized the first archaeological excavations in the Roman Catacombs, so he was obsessed of the skulls as a symbol of Memento Mori.

 This is an extremely important historic pocket watch.
 The watch has a highly ornamented gilt silver Vermeil hand chased and hand engraved drum shaped case surounded with skulls.
 The case depicting a Grim Reaper skeleton holding the Papal Staff in his hand-symbolize the transience of human life. It means that it doesn’t matter if you was knight, bishop or Pope-the exit is one and the same for all.

This all should remind to the Pope himself that he is mortal too.
 The skeleton backed up to a grandfathers clock-a “tempus fugit” symbol. Next to the skeleton’s legs are fallen a Papal Tiara crown, and Papal hat.

The rear case depicting the Vatican Coat of arms-the crossed keys of St.Peter,and engraved text in Latin ” Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” that means “Thus passes the glory of the world.”

It has been interpreted as “Worldly things are fleeting.” The phrase was used in the ritual of papal coronation ceremonies between 1409 (when it was used at the coronation of Alexander V) and 1963.As the newly chosen pope proceeded from the sacristy of St.Peter’s Basiclica in his sedia gestatoria, the procession stopped three times. On each occasion a papal master of ceremonies would fall to his knees before the pope, holding a silver or brass reed, bearing a tow of smoldering flax. For three times in succession, as the cloth burned away, he would say in a loud and mournful voice, “Pater Sancte ,sic transit gloria mundi” (“Holy Father, so passes worldly glory!”) These words, thus addressed to the pope, served as a reminder of the transitory nature of life and earthly honors.

The watch has a fine enamel dial with the original hands.

 The watch has an amazing fire gild verge fusee movement-all hand made and hand finished by the master-fantastic hand pierced and engraved balance clock in PERFECT WORKING ORDER!!! (do not expect a quartz accuracy from 300 years old watch) 
It comes with the matching key and gilt skull and bones chain fob.
50mm in diameter, 25mm thick
 100g heavy.

The watch comes with an APPRAISAL CERTIFICATE FOR $8,000.00!

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