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New Catalogue of the Sir David Salomons Collection

The Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem is proud to present "The Art of Time",
The new catalogue of the Sir David Salomons collection of watches and clocks, including important timepieces made by master watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, and among them the famous "Marie Antoinette".

The catalogue was published in 2009 in conjuction with the reopening of the watches and clocks exhibition. Intended for the professional collector and the amateur art lover alike, it presents the collection's pieces in full-color photographs and in comprehensive descriptions. The catalogue includes articles on the history of watchmaking and the collection, on Breguet and his works and on musical boxes and automata.

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Published by the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem, 2009, 168 pp., many color plates, English/Hebrew. Price: $35 (shipping and handling extra)

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The David Salomons Collection of Watches and Clocks

Sir David Salomons (1851-1925), father of the founder of the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Vera B. Salomons, built his watch and clock collection at the beginning of thetwentieth century, at a time when only few people appreciated the subject’s importance. His professional knowledge of horology, his discernment and his wealth helped him to assemble a truly rare collection of watches which eventually numbered almost 200 pieces.

On April 16, 1983, in the middle of the night, the Watches & Clocks Hall of the L.A. Mayer Museum was broken into, and half the collection of rare and valuable watches and clocks on display there was stolen. The pieces were subsequently recovered and returned to the Museum on several separate occasions between 2006 and 2009, in a world-famous affair.

“To wear one of Breguet’s watches is to walk about with the mind of a genius in one’s pocket”. This statement refers to the watches made by the master watch-maker Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), one of the most esteemed craftsmen in his profession in all time. His innovative watches with their ingenious mechanical improvements were ahead of their time and constitute the core of the present collection.

Alongside the 55 items in the Breguet group, Sir David’s collection includes a group of automaton watches; a selection of scientific instruments, such as barometric compasses, sundials and telescopes from the 17th to the 19th centuries; an group of watches and clocks manufactured in the 18th century in Europe for the Turkish market; and gold musical boxes adorned with enamel pictures, pearls and diamonds,

From the catalogue