A wonderful Charles X watch fob and seal, the gilt bronze figure representing the theme of “Temptation”. A hooded monk, his hands piously folded across his chest, is shown standing perilously close to a nude woman. The woman is pressing her breasts against the monk and appears to be whispering into his ear. Erotic themes such as this were enjoyed by gentlemen of the period as subtle elements of naughtiness in their otherwise restricted daily lives under the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy and its Catholic traditions. Certainly, a fob such as this might also have been seen as a commentary on the Catholic church, itself. The detail of the workmanship is superb. The seal is formed from a rectangular plaque of carnelian with canted corners. The stone has never been engraved.
Origin: France, ca. 1830. Condition: excellent, gilding intact, no damage to stone. Size: 7/8” x 11/16” x 1-1/2”.