Dreams from Three Eras

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Dreams from Three Eras

Postby koimaster » May 9th 2018, 4:53pm

After a first traveling exhibition held in 2012, the Association Automates & Merveilles returns with a project aimed at preserving and highlighting the horological heritage of the Neuchâtel region. Three works by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, François Ducommun and Albert Billeter have been restored.

Automates & Merveiles is back! The association whose aim is to preserve and highlight the horological heritage of Neuchâtel has just inaugurated its second exhibition in seven years of existence. Titled Dreams from Three Eras, it presents three major horological artworks produced in the region: an Egyptian Revival Empire-style pendulum clock by Pierre Jaquet-Droz; a planetary clock by François Ducommun; and an astronomical clock ascribed to Albert Billeter. Loaned by the canton’s three major watchmaking collections – the Musée d’horlogerie du Locle – Château des Monts, the Musée international d’horlogerie de La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel –, these works were first restored thanks to the support of generous donors. Traveling between the three associated institutions until October 28th, the exhibition picks up the the same itinerating concept as that used in 2012 for the previous exhibition highlighting three major figures of 18th century watchmaking: Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis and their associate Jean-Frédéric Leschot.

More than just an exhibition, Dreams from Three Eras is designed as a full-fledged endeavour to safeguard the horological heritage. The three objects were first studied in detail and structurally examined. The association then sought to enlist all the talents required to bring the project to fruition: the restorer-watchmakers teams of the museums, naturally, along with experts from the Haute Ecole-Arc, a dendrochronologist, a furniture and object conservator-restorer of paintings and wood sculptures, an art expert, historians, a conservator-restorer-watchmaker as well as museologists. Their work has given rise to a four-volume boxed set comprising three monographs and a DVD of a film documenting the restoration work undertaken.

http://www.fhs.swiss/eng/2018_05_03_01_ ... Reves.html


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