Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?


Just discovered that the Met actually had 7 VCs on exhibition in theie European Sculpture and Decorative Arts section! http://www.metmuseum.org/search/iquery.asp

 
circa 1815-1830


Vacheron Constantin



 circa 1809-1819

Vacheron Girod


circa 1830-1840
Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?



circa 1840-1850
Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?

circa 1830
Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?


Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?


circa 1830-1845
Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?
Superbe!
08/25/2011 - 18:22
What a great find Alex!  The date 1927 on the museum label possibly means when they were acquired.  I wonder what the story is behind that?  Were they gifted or purchased?  Movement shots would be a godsend as pics from that early 19th century pieces are very interesting in their diversity. Perhaps this is a project the NY Boutique might want to investigate to highlight their patrimony?  Regardless, I'd appreciate any hints you might provide as to how we can learn more about the works of art.
I was about to ask the same questions on...
08/25/2011 - 19:15
...the mysterious collector who gave hies pieces to the Met ? Berny
these watches were a donation made in 1926 but
08/26/2011 - 00:12
unfortunately I don't have more info
According to their web-site....
08/26/2011 - 02:35
they were "Anonymous Gift, in memory of Lady May Fletcher-Moulton, 1926"  It states that they are not on view. A little further research shows she was apparently  a collector as there appear to be other Swiss watches similarly donated to the Met. I have a friend who works there I will check this out. Ray  
Some non-VC pieces on display...
08/26/2011 - 05:36
Apparently some Bautte pieces from this collection are presently on display in Gallery 554.  Maybe your friend could scout this out and see if there are plans to show the complete collection in rotation and perhaps some biographical info on the Lady? The date of 1926 doesn't really provide any clues as to the motivation of our anonymous doner.  Lady May Fletcher Moulton died in 1909 while her daughter Sylvia May lived much longer.  The American connection is perhaps with Lady May's father, Major Alexander Henry Davis, of Syracuse, NY.  He apparently had a villa in Naples and they travelled to the continent often, which is where May met Baron Fletcher Moulton who was an English peer and became is second wife.
Re: Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?
08/26/2011 - 05:48
Very interesting, when I visit N.Y next month I will try my best to see the display as well as make a visit to the boutique.
Bautte and Vacheron & Constantin are linked...
08/27/2011 - 00:40

through Francois Constantin!  In fact, prior to 1819 he received his first experience with the watch industry as a representative for Jean-Francois Bautte, then a most prestigious maker.  Later the two firms would have tense relations as one felt the other constantly poaching on their territory, especially Italy where Constantin made many useful connections during his time with Bautte.

There is a place for a nice marketing/ communication/ action...
08/26/2011 - 18:49
...from Vacheron Constantin in NY ! All the best to my fellow lounger, Berny
Re: Did you know that New York's Metropolitan museum has a VC collection?
08/27/2011 - 00:44
cool info, thanks
What do they not have? :-)
08/28/2011 - 11:07
It's a shame, but I never been to the museum, but I sure will next time in NY! Thanks Alex! Doc
So, VC has been on the Museum circuit LONG BEFORE Singapore
08/30/2011 - 03:58
Great find Alex, This should definitely be included as part of the American Heritage site. Dean, thanks for the research (as always) into the benefactor and relationship with Francois Constantin himself! BR, Dan