Lot 4246: Pocket watch: important, big and unique enamel repeater with pearls, Grande Sonnerie, Decombaz Geneve for Chinese market, ca. 1800 (NO LIVE FEE)
November 5, 2016
Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Ca. Ø 58 mm, ca. 183.5 g, 18 K gold, case with finest sound openings, unique decoration on back, hundreds of Orient pearls with black and white enamel, finest Geneva enamel painting in center, case with bell, extremely rare and very fine cylinder movement with 2 barrel drums for gear train and Grande Sonnerie, repeating hours and quarters on demand, main plate signed, no.3527, original and signed enamel dial also numbered 3527, fine pink gold hands, in working order and in very good condition, real rarity, finest Geneva quality case, ca. 1800, rare combination with complex movement, extremely rare striking mechanism. Decombaz was one of the most talented and famous Geneva makers in the times of 1800. He delivered his high-quality movements to Breguet, Lechot and Droz. He was specialized in complex repeaters and self-striking mechanisms combined with cylinder escapement or virgule escapements. During the times when Breguet settled down in Switzerland they became business partners and friends. Most of the complex Geneva gold/enamel watches with striking mechanisms are attributed to Decombraz, most of them have no signature. Pieces with signature by Decombraz are real rarities and reach high prices in auctions. A gold/enamel form watch shaped like a flacon, with automaton and music movement was sold in Swiss auction for ca. 1,500,000 SwissFrancs. Another gold/enamel watch made by Decombraz with rare carillon striking and without automaton was sold in Geneva auction 2012 for more than 700,000 SwissFrancs, a multiple of the estimated price (source: http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/lot-260-253?browse_all=1&page=1&q=decombaz).
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