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The case was inspired by a picture by Jacques Louis David painted in 1784 depicting the sacrificial oath taken by three Horati brothers, symbols of ancient Roman valour, before their father holding three swords to stand against the Curati. The base plaque depicts the aftermath of battle where only one of the brothers survives amidst his dying brothers and slain enemies.
Examples of the same case can be seen in the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague and in the Museo de Reloges de las Bodegas Zoilo Ruiz-Mateos S/A.