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Important Watches, Clocks and Snuff-Boxes

by Auktionen Dr. Crott

Platinum House

541 lots with images

November 10, 2012

Live Auction

SkyLoft Event Center

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Frankurt, Germany

Phone: 00 49 621 32 88 650

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Hessen à Paris, 45 mm, 67 g, circa 1785

Lot 102: Hessen à Paris, 45 mm, 67 g, circa 1785

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Description: A fine gold enamel verge pocket watch Case: 18k gold, the back lid costly engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, a translucid enamelled multi-coloured flower in the centre, white enamelled bezels with translucend green and golden leaf tendril, engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled band with waved pattern, pendant with enamel decor. Dial: enamel, radial Arabic numerals, signed, "Fleur de Lys" gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, rounded movement pillars, keywind, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, engraved and pierced balance bridge. André Hessen André Hessen worked as clockmaker to the king's brother in Paris from 1775 to 1790; he later went to Stockholm. Today many of his creations are kept in Paris and Stockholm. Hessen also published the paper "Mém. sur l'Horlogerie". Source: G.H. Baillie, "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World", Vol. I, Edinburgh/London, 1947, p. 151.

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Swiss, Case No. 1629, 58 mm, 144 g, circa 1820

Lot 103: Swiss, Case No. 1629, 58 mm, 144 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's decorative quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, engraved musical instruments, reeded band, case maker's punch mark "AI". Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, slide "N/S" to set strike/not strike for striking train, gold spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, keywind, firegilt, lavishly florally engraved barrel, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, musical movement, tuned vibrating blades, pinned disc, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance.

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Swiss, Case No. 945, 57 mm, 133 g, circa 1820

Lot 104: Swiss, Case No. 945, 57 mm, 133 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, reeded band, slide for silence. Dial: enamel, Arabic hours, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 2 barrels, musical movement with tuned vibrating blades and pinned disc, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring.

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Henry Capt à Genève, Case No. 6707, 57 mm, 148 g, circa 1815

Lot 105: Henry Capt à Genève, Case No. 6707, 57 mm, 148 g, circa 1815

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Description: An important quarter repeating Geneva gold-enamel pocket watch with musical movement and 2 automatons Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, signed dome, case maker's punch mark "JJ". Dial: enamel, automatons "á quatre couleurs", depiction of a spark playing a harp and a lady playing a lute, polychrome enamelled background depicting an alpine landscape with a lake and homesteads, white enamelled dial with radial Roman numerals, blued hands. Movm.: bridge movement, musical movement, frosted, gilt, 2 going barrels, keywind, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance. Henry Capt (1773 - 1841) Capt was an independent watchmaker who specialised in watches with additional functions such as musical watches and automatons; Capt was one of the first in Geneva to use barrels and crowns in his automatons. Born in Chenit in the Vallée de Joux in April 1773, he was the son of Jaques Samuel Capt and Susanne Piguet. On January 1, 1796, he married Henriette Piguet. Around 1789 Capt settled in Geneva and worked for several renowned companies such as Jaquet-Droz, Godet, Leschot and his brother-in-law Isaac Daniel Piguet. In 1802 he went into partnership with Daniel Isaac Piguet, which lasted until 1811. When this partnership ended, Capt kept producing his own pieces for some time before entering another partnership with Aubert et Fils in 1830. Capt's son Henry continued the business and won first prizes of the Geneva Observatory in 1878 and 1879; in 1882 he won the first prize for a palladium spring.

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Swiss, Case No. 1384, 60 mm, 164 g, circa 1820

Lot 106: Swiss, Case No. 1384, 60 mm, 164 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, reeded band, slide for silence. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 2 barrels, musical movement with tuned vibrating blades and pinned disc, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring.

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Swiss, Case No. 8700, 57 mm, 141 g, circa 1815

Lot 107: Swiss, Case No. 8700, 57 mm, 141 g, circa 1815

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Description: A gentleman's very fine and rare quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement Case: 18k gold, engine-turned back cover, reeded band. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, 1 barrel for going train, 1 barrel for striking train, musical movement, 25 tuned vibrating blades, pinned disc, cylinder escapement, ring balance.

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Attributed to Vaucher Frères, Case No. 36287 3829, 58 mm, 103 g, circa 1820

Lot 108: Attributed to Vaucher Frères, Case No. 36287 3829, 58 mm, 103 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's rare pocket watch with "Bras en l'air"-indication and automaton Case: 18k gold, polished, tiered, case maker punch mark "PHS". Dial: enamel, perspective drawing of a black and white floor, left half with Arabic minutes, right half with Arabic hours, applied gilt figure of a naked young man wearing only a fig leaf; when the crown is pushed, the figure shows the time with his arms. The figure is constantly turning its head from side to side. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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Swiss, Case No. 3770, 54 mm, 125 g, circa 1820

Lot 109: Swiss, Case No. 3770, 54 mm, 125 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's fine quarter repeating pocket watch with verge escapement and two Jacquemarts "à quatre couleur" Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, reeded band. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, depiction of a bell-ringing couple in Roman raiment on a blue enamelled ground, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, engraved, pierced balance bridge.

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M. I. DeBy à Louvaine, Case No. 9592, 62 mm, 182 g, circa 1820

Lot 110: M. I. DeBy à Louvaine, Case No. 9592, 62 mm, 182 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's very fine, unique and large quarter repeating pocket watch with verge escapement and Jacquemart "à quatre couleur" Case: protective case - 18K gold, tiered, à goutte. Inner case - 18K gold, the back lid with punched and engraved four-coloured gold figures depicting Diana, the goddess of the hunt and Venus, the goddess of love. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, octagonal section with 2 bell-ringing gold figures "à quatre couleur" against an engine-turned and cobalt-blue enamelled background with engraved gold foliage, on the left a torch-bearing putto, on the right the personification of science, florally engraved border, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, applied engraved ornaments, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, chain/fusee, ring balance.

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French, Case No. 627, 55 mm, 107 g, circa 1810

Lot 111: French, Case No. 627, 55 mm, 107 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's fine quarter repeating pocket watch Case: 18k gold, lavishly engine-turned, very finely reeded band, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: gold, engine-turned, enamel chapter ring with Arabic hours, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, firegilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, large barrel, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance.

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Swiss, 59 mm, 142 g, circa 1810

Lot 112: Swiss, 59 mm, 142 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement Case: 18k gold, lavishly engine-turned, pusher for repetition via pendant, slide for for activating the musical movement, reeded band. Dial: gold, engine-turned and florally engraved, enamel cartouches with Breguet numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 2 going barrels, sur plateau musical movement with disc, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance.

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Swiss, Case No. 4698, 56 mm, 127 g, circa 1810

Lot 113: Swiss, Case No. 4698, 56 mm, 127 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with 3 jacquemarts Case: 18k rose gold, engine-turned, engine-turned band, case maker's punch mark "AH". Dial: enamel chapter ring, Arabic "Empire" numerals, two-piece gold jacquemart "á quatre couleurs", upper part depiction of Chronos, knocking on a bell, lower part two bell-ringing putti in front of a gold repoussé temple on a blued steel background, blued snake hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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Courvoisier Fréres, Case No. 269, 57 mm, 133 g, circa 1810

Lot 114: Courvoisier Fréres, Case No. 269, 57 mm, 133 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with 3 Jacquemarts Case: 18k rose gold, engine-turned, reeded band, frosted, gilt and signed dome, case maker punch mark "HC". Dial: enamel chapter ring, Arabic "Empire" numerals, two-piece gold jacquemart "á quatre couleurs", upper part depiction of a knight, knocking on the scythe of Chronos, lower part two bell-ringing putti in front of a gold repoussé temple on a blued steel background, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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(*) Henry Daniel Capt à Genève, 58 mm, 134 g, circa 1810

Lot 115: (*) Henry Daniel Capt à Genève, 58 mm, 134 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's very fine, important quarter repeating gold enamel pocket watch with erotic automaton Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, reeded band, erotic automaton dome with polychrome enamelled figures. Dial: gold, frosted and engine-turned, raised Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, two barrels, musical movement with tuned vibrating blades, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring. Henry Capt (1773 - 1841) Capt was an independent watchmaker who specialised in watches with additional functions such as musical watches and automatons; Capt was one of the first in Geneva to use barrels and crowns in his automatons. Born in Chenit in the Vallée de Joux in April 1773, he was the son of Jaques Samuel Capt and Susanne Piguet. On January 1, 1796, he married Henriette Piguet. Around 1789 Capt settled in Geneva and worked for several renowned companies such as Jaquet-Droz, Godet, Leschot and his brother-in-law Isaac Daniel Piguet. In 1802 he went into partnership with Daniel Isaac Piguet, which lasted until 1811. When this partnership ended, Capt kept producing his own pieces for some time before entering another partnership with Aubert et Fils in 1830. Capt's son Henry continued the business and won first prizes of the Geneva Observatory in 1878 and 1879; in 1882 he won the first prize for a palladium spring.

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L. Wapinski, Warsaw, Length 106 mm, circa 1850

Lot 116: L. Wapinski, Warsaw, Length 106 mm, circa 1850

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Description: A very fine and rare pencil cover with multicolour Champlevé flowers - with original box Case: gold with polychrome enamelling, retracting gold tip with engraving, shield-shaped amethyst with engraved monogram and crown.

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Swiss, Height 39 mm, circa 1810

Lot 117: Swiss, Height 39 mm, circa 1810

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Description: A very fine and rare gold musical fob seal Case: 18k gold, stirrup form, waved ribbon decor, turnable pendant to wind the musical movement, oval base with reeded sides containing the movement. Movm.: miniature brass movement with pinned barrel and vibrating blades.

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Swiss, Height 40 mm, circa 1810

Lot 118: Swiss, Height 40 mm, circa 1810

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Description: A very fine and rare gold musical fob seal Case: 18k gold, stirrup form, waved ribbon decor, turnable pendant to wind the musical movement, oval base with reeded sides containing the movement. Movm.: miniature brass movement with pinned barrel and vibrating blades.

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(*) Swiss, 62 x 29 x 14 mm, 28 g, circa 1820

Lot 119: (*) Swiss, 62 x 29 x 14 mm, 28 g, circa 1820

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Description: A rare gold enamel miniature fob watch in the shape of a mandolin Case: 18k gold, the back cover with blue enamelling decorated with a sheet of music and foliate decor in taille d'epargne, the front side engine-turned, translucent red enamelled and set with half-pearls, glazed sound hole for visible balance bridge, the edges with gold foliate on a black ground. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: miniature full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, three-arm brass balance, pierced and engraved balance bridge. Similar watches are illustrated and described in "The Sandberg Watch Collection" by Terence Camerer-Cuss, Geneva 1998, pp. 444.

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(*) Patron, Movement No. 15797, 38 mm, 40 g, circa 1800

Lot 120: (*) Patron, Movement No. 15797, 38 mm, 40 g, circa 1800

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Description: A fine gold enamel verge pocket watch for the Ottoman market Case: gold enamel, half pearl set bezels, the back side with gold decor on an opaque black enamelled ground, paste-set crescent, white zig-zag patterned border. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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Vaucher Frères, 57 mm, 113 g, circa 1820

Lot 121: Vaucher Frères, 57 mm, 113 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's rare pocket watch with "Bras en l'air"-indication Case: silver, polished, tiered, reeded band. Dial: enamel, left semicircle with Arabic minute indication, right semicircle with Arabic hour indication, applied gilt figure of a Roman soldier indicating the time with his arms by pushing the crown. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, chain/fusee, round pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge. Vaucher / Vauchez, French watchmaker Vauchez (Vaucher!) worked in Paris around 1800 and was probably a descendant of Daniel Vaucher. Daniel Vaucher was born in Fleurier and moved to Paris in 1760, where he became a master watchmaker. His wife and 6 children stayed in Fleurier; the children later followed their father to Paris. Jonas-Frédéric Vaucher, Jean-Henri-David Vaucher, François Vaucher, Jean-Jacques Vaucher, Samuel Vaucher and Isabelle-Salomé Vaucher became watchmakers themselves and the wonderful watches the family created were usually signed with "Vauchez en la Cité". Quite possibly an "r" was here mistaken for a "z". Source: http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Vauchez, as of 09/21/2011

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Attributed to Vaucher Frères, 58 mm, 114 g, circa 1820

Lot 122: Attributed to Vaucher Frères, 58 mm, 114 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's rare pocket watch with "Bras en l'air"-indication and automaton Case: gilt, polished, tiered, reeded band. Dial: enamel, left semicircle with Arabic minute indicator, right semicircle with Arabic hour indicator, applied gilt figure of a young woman indicating the time with her arms by pushing the crown. The figure is constantly turning its head. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, blued screws, chain/fusee, round pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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(*) English, 55 mm, 116 g, circa 1790

Lot 123: (*) English, 55 mm, 116 g, circa 1790

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Description: A gentleman's rare gold enamel pocket watch with "Bras en l'air"-indication Case: 18k gold, the back cover and the bezels engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled and decorated with golden Champlevé mottoes, front side inscription: "ET DU BIEN ET DU MAL JE MARQUE LES INSTANS" ("I show the good times as well as the bad"), back side inscription: "JE SUIS SANS LE VOULOIR ENTRAINÉE PAR LE TEMS"("Time rolls on and I can do nothing"), case maker punch mark "VW". Dial: enamel, left semicircle with Arabic minute indicator, right semicircle with Arabic hour indicator, applied gilt figure of a warrior indicating the time with his arms by pushing the crown. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, round pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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English, 50 mm, 79 g, circa 1840

Lot 124: English, 50 mm, 79 g, circa 1840

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Description: A gentleman's gold enamel pocket watch Case: gold enamel, the back cover with enamel painting of a gallant scene en grisaille against a blue ground, framed by a yellow border, the bezels with a translucent blue zick-zack pattern on a white ground. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, Fleur-de-Lys hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, rounded movement pillars, three-arm ring balance, English lever escapement, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved balance cock, chatoned shappire endstone on balance.

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(*) Léchet à Paris, Movement No. 1139, 46 mm, 72 g, circa 1790

Lot 125: (*) Léchet à Paris, Movement No. 1139, 46 mm, 72 g, circa 1790

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Description: A decorative, diamond-set gold enamel verge pocket watch Case: 18k gold, the back lid costly engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, a translucent green, gold and blue enamelled, paste-set stylized flower and a diamond in the centre, foliate border, white enamelled bezels. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, conical movement pillars, keywind, three-arm brass balance, engraved and pierced balance bridge. Lit.: G.H. Baillie, "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World", Vol. I, Edinburgh/London, 1947, p. 191.

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Breguet à Paris, 52 mm, 73 g, circa 1800

Lot 126: Breguet à Paris, 52 mm, 73 g, circa 1800

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Description: A magnificent gold enamel verge pocket watch Case: 18K gold, white and blue enamelled bezel with applied half pearl set gold bars, engine-turned back cover, the border with half pearl set gold bars, translucent blue enamelling, a medallion in the centre with white and blue stripes and a polychrome painted rose against a green enamelled mask. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued hands. Movm.: full plate movement, frosted, gilt, chain/fusee, verge escapement, treaded movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, finely pierced and hand-engraved balance bridge. This gold/enamel pocket watch impresses with its excellent enamel painting in harmony with the very fine engine-turned gold patterns, which emphasizes the artistic value of the timepiece. 200 individually set half pearls on radial gold beams between enamel blocks, forming an outer ring on both sides, create a perfect work of art.

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Breguet à Paris, Movement No. 778, Case No. 8989, 55 mm, 107 g, circa 1800

Lot 127: Breguet à Paris, Movement No. 778, Case No. 8989, 55 mm, 107 g, circa 1800

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Description: A gentleman's quarter repeating "à toc" pocket watch sold to M. Podesta "fin Brumaire an 10" (end of November 1801) for 1579 Franc Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, engine-turned band, glazed movement, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: enamel, Breguet numerals, eccentric auxiliary seconds between "3 and 4", secret signature below "12", blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 1 hammer, "parachute" shock protection, ruby cylinder escapement, ring balance.

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(*) Bovet à Fleurier, Case No. 397, 57 mm, 121 g, circa 1840

Lot 128: (*) Bovet à Fleurier, Case No. 397, 57 mm, 121 g, circa 1840

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Description: A gold enamel pocket watch in museum-like quality for the Chinese market Case: 18k gold, the bezels on the front and back cover with applied half pearls, florally hand-engraved and polychrome enamelled band, the back cover painted with a fine composition of doves and summer flowers, enamelled and pearl-set pendant, very finely engraved gold dome. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, steel, keywind, mirror polished, bevelled, blued, signed, going barrel, duplex escapement, brass/steel balance with 3 screws and 3 blued weights, blued balance spring. Edouard Bovet Master Swiss watchmaker Edouard Bovet was one of the many who concentrated on the Chinese market. He arrived in Canton in 1830 carrying five top-quality watches, all of which he sold immediately, to mandarins who paid him in gold bars. Delighted, he wrote to his brother in Switzerland, enthusing about the market potential and asking him to send more watches, but only of the very best quality, since this was where the demand lay and there was no difficulty about payment. The 17th century Ching Dynasty Emperor K'ang-Hsi was a great admirer of the European sciences, especially that of horology, and he established several imperial workshops in which Chinese craftsmen made clocks and watches under the direction of imported European watchmakers, amongst whom were several masters. At K'ang-Hsi's invitation, the Zougeese master watchmaker François-Louis Stadlin became director of the imperial workshops, and the Emperor's favourite.

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Swiss, 29 x 37 mm, 28 g, circa 1830

Lot 129: Swiss, 29 x 37 mm, 28 g, circa 1830

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Description: A fine, small blossom-shaped gold enamel fob watch with verge escapement Case: gold enamel, the front and back cover translucent red, green and white enamelled over an engine-turned ground, engraved gold decor, opaque green enamelled pendant. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, pierced and engraved balance bridge.

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Georg Obermayr in Wien, 33 mm, 29 g, circa 1830

Lot 130: Georg Obermayr in Wien, 33 mm, 29 g, circa 1830

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Description: A fine Vienese gold enamel hunting case pocket watch Case: gold enamel, the front and back cover with polychrome enamelled scenes of Venus and Mars on the front and Cupid and Psyche, the interiors with classical landscapes, florally engraved bezeln. Dial: enamel, polychrome painted, depiction of Venus and a cupid, enamel cartouches with radial Roman numerals, blued lozenge hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge. Lit.: "Meister der Uhrmacherkunst" by Juergen Abeler, 2nd edition, Wuppertal 2010, p. 411.

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Mallet à Paris, Movement No. 1318, 42 mm, 49 g, circa 1775

Lot 131: Mallet à Paris, Movement No. 1318, 42 mm, 49 g, circa 1775

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Description: A fine gold enamel verge pocket watch Case: gold enamel, half pearl set bezels, twisted band, engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled back side, engraved gold decor, the centre with Champlevé enamel: polychrome flowers in a vase against a gold ground, framed by a border of enamel pearls. Dial: enamel, radial Arabic numerals, gold "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, chain/fusee, conical movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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Meynadier à Genève, Movement No. 60843, 44 mm, 49 g, circa 1820

Lot 132: Meynadier à Genève, Movement No. 60843, 44 mm, 49 g, circa 1820

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Description: A decorative verge pocket watch Case: gold, grandulated bezels, paste-set back lid with a small enamel medallion depicting a winged cupid, applied ribbon decoration. Dial: silver, engine-turned centre with engraved flower decor, inlaid Roman numerals, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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(*) Bovet à Fleurier, Movement No. 211, 57 mm, 119 g, circa 1820

Lot 133: (*) Bovet à Fleurier, Movement No. 211, 57 mm, 119 g, circa 1820

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Description: A very fine gold enamel pocket watch for the Chinese market "Diana, the Goddess of Hunt" Case: 18k gold, pendant, band and bezels engraved and opaque red, blue and green enamelled with champlevé decoration, on the back lid a very finely painted multi-coloured enamel plaque depicting Diana, the goddess of hunt and a nymph, lavishly florally engraved gold dome with Chinese signature stamp. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold lozenge hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, firegilt, lavishly florally engraved, going barrel, cylinder escapement, ring balance. Edouard Bovet Master Swiss watchmaker Edouard Bovet was one of the many who concentrated on the Chinese market. He arrived in Canton in 1830 carrying five top-quality watches, all of which he sold immediately, to mandarins who paid him in gold bars. Delighted, he wrote to his brother in Switzerland, enthusing about the market potential and asking him to send more watches, but only of the very best quality, since this was where the demand lay and there was no difficulty about payment. The 17th century Ching Dynasty Emperor K'ang-Hsi was a great admirer of the European sciences, especially that of horology, and he established several imperial workshops in which Chinese craftsmen made clocks and watches under the direction of imported European watchmakers, amongst whom were several masters. At K'ang-Hsi's invitation, the Zougeese master watchmaker François-Louis Stadlin became director of the imperial workshops, and the Emperor's favourite.

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Swiss, 36 g, circa 1880

Lot 134: Swiss, 36 g, circa 1880

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Description: A fine dress watch with an ultrathin calibre with gold watch chain and key - for the Ottoman market Case: 18k gold, florally engraved band, engine-turned, engraved gold dome. Dial: silver, engine-turned, Ottoman numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance.

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L'Epine à Paris, Case No. 7216, 35 mm, 34 g, circa 1830

Lot 135: L'Epine à Paris, Case No. 7216, 35 mm, 34 g, circa 1830

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Description: A lady's very fine quarter repeating gold enamel pocket watch Case: gold enamel, à goutte, lavishly florally engraved and opaque polychrome enamelled, florally engraved band, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: silver, engine-turned, radial Roman numerals, gold Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, "Lepine" caliber, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt ring balance, temperature-compensating balance spring, shock protection "parachute".

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(*) Dubois & Cie, Case No. 1306, Caliber Bagnolet, 44 mm, 39 g, circa 1830

Lot 136: (*) Dubois & Cie, Case No. 1306, Caliber Bagnolet, 44 mm, 39 g, circa 1830

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Description: A very fine, rare, ultra-thin gold enamel hunting case pocket watch with enamel miniature of Napoleon Bonaparte Case: 18k gold, engine-turned and lavishly engraved, finely reeded band, opaque polychrome miniature paintings, front: Napoleon on horseback looking through a telescope, with his army in the background; on the back a beautiful goddess embracing an eagle, symbolizing immortality and courage ' the attributes of a ruler and symbol of the Napoleonic Empire. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance. Bagnolet Caliber In the bagnolet caliber the movement is inverted and the train reversed. The idea was to make a very thin watch by reducing the thickness of the bridges and the dial and to eliminate the cuvette. Philippe Samuel Meylan is credited with the invention of the bagnolet caliber. Du Bois & Cie. In 1785 Philippe Du Bois and his sons founded the Du Bois & Fils 1785 watch company at the family seat in Le Locle. Du Bois had already established extensive business connections all over Europe and America as a cloth merchant, which made things much easier for the start-up watch company. During the 19th century Du Bois & Fils opened branches in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States and business boomed. Due to its proximity to the trade fairs the German Frankfurt branch was particularly important. Source: http://www.dubois.de/n251710/i252594.html, as of 03/12/2011

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(*) Ilbery, London, Movement No. 5985, 60 mm, 149 g, circa 1820

Lot 137: (*) Ilbery, London, Movement No. 5985, 60 mm, 149 g, circa 1820

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Description: A very fine gold enamel pocket watch in museum-like quality for the Chinese market "Gathering in the Fishing Nets", the enamel attributed to Jean-Louis Richter, Geneva Case: 18k gold, half-pearl set pendant, the back cover with a polychrome enamel medallion, miniature painting of an Alpine lake view with three fisher boats in the foreground and a small village in the back, the rim with applied split-pearls, lavishly florally engraved gold dome. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, filigree gold hands. Movm.: bridge movement according to Lepine, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, signed, lavishly florally engraved going barrel, duplex escapement, five-arm steel balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841) He learned his art under David-Etienne-Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux. He specialized in landscapes, lake-side scenes and marine-scapes, often representing ships in a harbor or battles with Men-of-War, but also portraits and hunting scenes. Richter did not often sign his work, but he style and quality of his paintings make them clearly recognizable as being of his hand. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuff boxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets. William Ilbery (ca. 1760 - 1839) William Ilbery began working in London's Goswell Street in 1780 and moved to Duncan Terrace later. Influenced by the examples of James Cox in London and Pierre Jaquet-Droz in Switzerland, Ilbery specialized in producing luxury watches for the Chinese Market. At first he very much adhered to the traditional English style with its full plate movement and duplex escapement. For later movements Ilbery took his inspiration from the Lepine caliber with free-standing barrel, as did Jaquet-Droz with the watches he signed in London and William Anthony in London. Ilbery had the cases of his watches exquisitely decorated by the best enamellers from Geneva such as Jean-Francois-Victor Dupont or Jean-Louis Richter. William Ilbery initiated the production of opulently engraved movements for the Asian market in Fleurier in Switzerland; other makers in Fleurier such as Bovet and Juvet followed his example. Ilbery should therefore be considered one of the most renowned makers of the so-called "Chinese watches". Although he worked mainly in London, Ilbery kept in close contact with the trade in other countries; a watch signed "Ilbery Paris" is known and Ilbery & Son are recorded in London and Fleurier as well as in Canton.

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(*) Swiss, Case No. 4619, 56 mm, 116 g, circa 1820

Lot 138: (*) Swiss, Case No. 4619, 56 mm, 116 g, circa 1820

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Description: A gentleman's fine, rare pocket watch with early minute repeater and cylinder escapement Case: 18k rose gold, polished, net-shaped decorated band, the back lid with crusader crest of the Deans family and motto: "Arte Vel Marte" ("By Art or Force"), case maker punch mark "SD", pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, gold Breguet hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, firegilt, florally engraved, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, lavishly florally engraved going barrel, ring balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved balance cock.

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(*) Le Roy au Palais Royal No 68, Paris, Movement No. 1664, Case No. 2545, 54 mm, 95 g, circa 1810

Lot 139: (*) Le Roy au Palais Royal No 68, Paris, Movement No. 1664, Case No. 2545, 54 mm, 95 g, circa 1810

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Description: A very fine, rare gold enamel quarter repeating "à toc" pocket watch Case: gold enamel, the back lid engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, central polychrome enamel medallion: a putto at the altar of love, with a dog at his feet. Bezels with engine-turned and translucid cobalt blue enamel decoration with gold foliate decor, pusher for repetition via pendant. Dial: enamel, Arabic "Empire" numerals, signed, pierced, filigree gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, 2 hammers, chain/fusee, solid rounded movement pillars, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.

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(*) Pelaz à Fleurier, 56 mm, 126 g, circa 1860

Lot 140: (*) Pelaz à Fleurier, 56 mm, 126 g, circa 1860

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Description: A gentleman's important, extremely rare pocket watch with engraved movement, caliber Tixier - for the Chinese market. To the best of our knowledge there are only a few other watches with Tixier caliber left. Case: 18k gold, polished, glazed cuvette with hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, blued spoon-shaped hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, gilt brass, fully engraved and blue enamelled Tixier caliber, going barrel, Chinese duplex escapement, three-arm steel balance with blued steel wings. Similar watches are illustrated and described in: Alfred Chapuis "La Montre Chinoise", Geneva 1983, p. 179-181. Jean Tixier Tardy lists the name Jean Tixier - and we can assume that the entry refers to this Tixier ' for a village watchmaker at Clermont-Ferrand. He is recorded to have worked there from 1840 to 1854; then the Frenchman presumably moved to Fleurier. In Fleurier he was soon involved in the production of goods for the Chinese marked and made important changes to the movements designed for this customer group. Tixier used a symmetrically laid-out movement and updated the existing so-called "Chinese" caliber with a 3/4-plate. He created a number of calibers, some with an 8 day power reserve. His caliber was also used when in 1858 Pelaz, a maker from Geneva decided to enamel movements for the Chinese market.

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(*) English, Movement No. 8380, 56 mm, 129 g, circa 1810

Lot 141: (*) English, Movement No. 8380, 56 mm, 129 g, circa 1810

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Description: A gentleman's decorative gold enamel pocket watch for the Chinese market Case: gold enamel, pendant and bezels set with half pearls; the back with elaborate engine-turned wave pattern and translucid mauve enamelling, stylized flower with multicolour translucid enamel petals, peripheral frame of translucid pearl and gold tendrils. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold spoon-shaped hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, gilt, chain/fusee, duplex escapement, three-arm brass balance, engraved regulator scale.

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(*) Brunner, Tien-Tsin (Tianjin), La Chaux de Fonds, Case No. 1510, 60 mm, 146 g, circa 1895

Lot 142: (*) Brunner, Tien-Tsin (Tianjin), La Chaux de Fonds, Case No. 1510, 60 mm, 146 g, circa 1895

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Description: A very fine gold enamel pocket watch of museum quality for the Chinese market - one of the last pocket watches that was produced for the Chinese market in the traditional style of the early 19th century Case: 18k gold, the pendant and the bezels set with half-pearls. Back side with a very fine polychrome enamel painting: a mandolin player plays for a noble lady; in her train are a bearded and turbaned man holding a jewellery case in his hands and a page boy carrying a crown on a cushion. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, signed, lavishly florally engraved going barrel, duplex escapement, five-arm steel balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

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English, 49 x 56 mm, 98 g, circa 1800

Lot 143: English, 49 x 56 mm, 98 g, circa 1800

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Description: An extremely rare, very fine, oval gold enamel pocket watch - for the Chinese market Case: 18k gold, enamel, the back cover engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, in the centre the depiction of a polychrome and translucent enamelled antique vase with a fine composition of summer flowers, very finely decorated bezels. Dial: enamel, eccentric hour indicator with Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, filigree gold hands. Movm.: oval bridge movement, keywind, firegilt, finely engraved barrel with the depiction of a trotting horse, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. Lit.: Arnaud Tellier et al. "The mirror of seduction, prestigious pairs of "Chinese" Watches", Patek Philippe Museum. Oval pocket watches for the Chinese market Oval watches are very rare and equally coveted by museums and collectors. Oval watches always came in pairs, but only very few of them still exist. Two such pairs were part of the Patek Philippe museum exhibition "Le Miroir de la Séduction" - Prestigieuses paires de montres "chinoise". Most of these watches were or still are part of prestigious collections such as that of King Farouk of Egypt, the Sir David Salomon Collection, the Marryat Collection, the Sandoz Collection in the Musée du Locle and the Lord Sandberg Collection.

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Swiss, Case No. 187, 53 mm, 114 g, circa 1840

Lot 144: Swiss, Case No. 187, 53 mm, 114 g, circa 1840

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Description: A very fine gold enamel pocket watch for the Chinese market Case: 18k gold, the bezels on the front and back cover with applied half pearls, florally hand-engraved and polychrome enamelled band, enamelled pendant and half pearl-set bow, the back cover with cloisonné enamel, depicting a fine composition of summer flowers in a vase against a light-green ground. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold spade hands. Movm.: full plate movement keywind, firegilt, lavishly florally engraved, cylinder escapement, three-arm steel balance, blued balance spring.

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(*) Antoine Philippe Huillier à Paris, Movement No. 205, Case No. 3683, 32 mm, 35 g, guild punch mark

Lot 145: (*) Antoine Philippe Huillier à Paris, Movement No. 205, Case No. 3683, 32 mm, 35 g, guild punch mark "P" from 1778.

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Description: A very fine miniature gold enamel "à toc" quarter repeating verge pocket watch - one of the smallest verge pocket watches with a quarter repeater ever made Case: outer case - 20k gold, half pearl set bezels, ornamental band with translucid blue enamelling on an engine-turned pearl and chamfer decoration. Inner case - 20k gold, stone studded bezel, opaque blue enamel edges on front and back; back with enamel cartouche with exquisite miniature painting: three children playing with soap bubbles in a gold acanthus frame. Pusher with large diamond for opening the case, large outer hinge, diamond studded pendant pusher for the repeater. Dial: enamel, "en bosse", radial Arabic numerals, paste-set "Fleur de Lys" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, moulded movement pillars, 2 hammers, three-arm steel balance, blued balance spring, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge. Antoine Philippe Huillier Huillier has a reputation as an important clockmaker in Paris from 1740 to 1770. His complicated pendulum clocks with movements "à complications" are the most famous of his creations. Source: H.L. Tardy, "Dictionnaire des horlogers francais, Paris 1972, p. 313.

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(*) Ilbery, London, Movement No. 6124, 106 x 65 mm, 145 g, circa 1810

Lot 146: (*) Ilbery, London, Movement No. 6124, 106 x 65 mm, 145 g, circa 1810

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Description: A very fine moss agate set gold enamel pocket watch in museum-like quality, for the Chinese market Case: 18k gold, hexagonal drop-shaped, engraved and polychrome enamelled pendant, case set with red agate cabochons and moss agate cabochons in gold collets, the back side cover set with split-pearls, enamelled bezel. Dial: enamel, domed, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, Breguet gold hands. Movm.: bridge movement according to Lepine, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, signed, lavishly florally engraved going barrel, duplex escapement, five-arm steel balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. William Ilbery (ca. 1760-1839) William Ilbery began working in London's Goswell Street in 1780 and moved to Duncan Terrace later. Influenced by the examples of James Cox in London and Pierre Jaquet-Droz in Switzerland, Ilbery specialized in producing luxury watches for the Chinese Market. At first he very much adhered to the traditional English style with its full plate movement and duplex escapement. For later movements Ilbery took his inspiration from the Lepine caliber with free-standing barrel, as did Jaquet-Droz with the watches he signed in London and William Anthony in London. Ilbery had the cases of his watches exquisitely decorated by the best enamellers from Geneva such as Jean-Francois-Victor Dupont or Jean-Louis Richter. William Ilbery initiated the production of opulently engraved movements for the Asian market in Fleurier in Switzerland; other makers in Fleurier such as Bovet and Juvet followed his example. Ilbery should therefore be considered one of the most renowned makers of the so-called "Chinese watches". Although he worked mainly in London, Ilbery kept in close contact with the trade in other countries; a watch signed "Ilbery Paris" is known and Ilbery & Son are recorded in London and Fleurier as well as in Canton. Moss Agate Dendritic agate, more commonly known as "moss agate", is chalcedony containing visible impurities in the form of dendrite shapes that resemble moss. Pieces with a good "moss" formation are highly regarded. This watch is a wonderful example of the combined talents of the watchmaker, jeweler and lapidary. The present watch is one of the extremely rare, unusually shaped watches set with dendritic agates made by famous watchmakers like Ilbery for the Chinese market. Their rich decoration and fanciful shapes were intended to appeal to the imaginations and satisfy the exacting tastes of the Chinese elite. Listed below are the shapes we have seen to the present day elongated hexagonal, octagonal, hexagonal drop-shaped and drop-shaped (the present watch).

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Lot 147: (*) "In the Cooperage"

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Description: An important gold enamel Swiss pocket watch with four automatons, circa 1810 Case: 18k gold, 56 mm, 120 g, the back cover with translucent cobalt blue and opaque black enamelling over an engine-turned ground, the bezels on the front and back side set with half-pearls, Case No. 8323. Dial: polychrome enamelling, automatons "á quatre couleurs": two coopers beating and planing, water "running" from a well and a barrel during toasting; in the back an alpine river landscape with a village and a fisherman in his boat. Peripheral white enamel dial with Arabic numerals within a translucent red enamelled border, blued hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, firegilt, very fine engraved, 2 lavishly florally engraved barrels, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance. The Art of the Automaton in Geneva During the 1780s, Geneva opened a most intriguing chapter of horological history. The city developed, with great flair, the art of automatons: machines designed to imitate the movements of live beings or creatures. They ranged from the simplest forms, where a figure's moving arms could point to the time, to complex, full-scale productions, such as pastoral scenes, theatre pieces or concerts. Automata were soon being used to animate a wide variety of objects, such as scent bottles, amphorae, mirrors or snuffboxes; their use as timepieces was often merely a pretext for possessing these exquisite creations. And since where there is life, there is sound, the automata were fitted with a musical mechanism. The acknowledged masters of this marriage between ornamental watches and automata included Pierre Morand, Henry Capt, Isaac Daniel Piguet and Philippe Samuel Meylan as well as the Jaquet Droz workshop in Geneva, with colleagues and successors Jean-Frédéric Leschot and Jacob Frisard. All were the brilliant creators of musical watches functioning first with chiming bells, and later with a cylinder or pin-drum that caused a comb made up of a set of blades to vibrate. These watches were especially prized in the East and during trade with Turkey and China they acquired a subtle local touch, a discreetly exotic charm that makes them easy to distinguish today. In the hands of the Rochat family and the Bruguier workshop, this tradition continued until 1850. Source: La Tribune des Arts présente en exclusivité le Patek Philippe Museum, http://www.patekmuseum.com/as of 10/07/2011.

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(*) Markwick Markham & Borrell, London, Movement No. 24690, Case No. 24690, 37 mm, 51 g, circa 1813

Lot 148: (*) Markwick Markham & Borrell, London, Movement No. 24690, Case No. 24690, 37 mm, 51 g, circa 1813

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Description: A remarkable gold enamel verge pocket watch in a double case for the Ottoman market "Watermill at Lake Geneva" Case: outer case - 18K gold, waved rim with floral engravings on the inside, opaque polychrome taille d'epargne enamelling, partly engine-turned and translucent red and green enamelled, on the back side an enamel plaque with the miniature painting of a watermill at the lake Geneva during sunset, engine-turned, translucent rose-coloured background, five-piece lateral hinge. Inner case - 18K gold, polished, case maker punch mark "AN", opaque blue and translucent red enamelled bow. Dial: enamel, radial Ottoman numerals, "Fleur de Lys" gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, pierced flower pillars, verge escapement, very finely florally engraved, pierced balance cock with crescent and a star.

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(*) George Prior, London, Movement No. 36736, 47 mm, 111 g, circa 1812

Lot 149: (*) George Prior, London, Movement No. 36736, 47 mm, 111 g, circa 1812

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Description: An exquisite quarter repeating gold enamel verge pocket watch in a triple case for the Ottoman market Case: outer case - 18k gold, floral engravings, opaque pink enamel with opaque white and translucid red "taille d'épargne" flowers, the waved inner rim with opaque white and translucid red enamelling, "à goutte", large outer hinge. Second case - 18k gold, the edge with floral engravings, opaque blue enamelling with gold foliage and translucid red "taille d'épargne" flowers. Back with hexagonal enamel medallion: polychrome painting of a Turkish coastal landscape with sailing ships and a town fortification at sunrise on an engine-turned translucid pink background, à goutte, case maker punch mark "IM".Inner case - 18k gold, turquoise enamelled zigzag bordering on the front side, the back side with open-worked décor near the rim, flower and foliage decoration; oval flower medallions on a blue background. Back with central medallion: a very fine polychrome opaque miniature painting, bouquet of summer flowers on a translucid pink engine-turned background; translucid red enamel bordering, enamelled pendant and neck, pusher for repetition set with a large sapphire, rear bell. Dial: enamel, radial Ottoman numerals, "Fleur de Lys" gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, applied florally engraved ornaments, 2 hammers, verge escapement, three-arm steel balance, finely florally engraved balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. George Prior Son of John Prior of Nessfield, also a clock-maker, was a leading London maker of watches for the Turkish and Islamic markets, in association with Edward Prior, who was perhaps his brother. One two occasions he received an award from the Society of Arts for his productions.

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(*) Markwick Markham & Perigal / Borrell, London, Movement No. 22184, 50 mm, 128 g, circa 1796

Lot 150: (*) Markwick Markham & Perigal / Borrell, London, Movement No. 22184, 50 mm, 128 g, circa 1796

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Description: A remarkable double-cased quarter striking gold enamel clock watch, created for the Ottoman market Case: outer case ' 18k gold and polychrome enamel, waved inner edge with floral engraving and translucid taille d'epargne flowers and tendrils. The outer edge is decorated with geometric and partly open work diamond pattern and enamel medallions showing the silhouette of the Hagia Sophia. Back with exquisite polychrome miniature painting: military instruments, the Turkish flag with crescent moon and star on an engine-turned translucid mauve background; diamond pusher for opening the case, large outer hinge. Inner case ' 18k gold, casemaker's mark "VW" (Valentine Walker), back with central Champlevé medallion: translucid enamel summer flowers on a gold background inside a two-colour blue wave pattern frame. Open worked edge, engraved tendrils, oval medallion with engraving of military equipment. Bezel with fine translucid red border, rear bell, pendant with large set diamond, signed, numbered and ornamented dust cover. Dial: enamel, radial Ottoman numerals, "Fleur de Lys" gold hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed "Markwick Markham & Borrell", applied florally engraved ornaments, verge escapement, three-arm steel balance, blued balance spring, very finely florally engraved, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. James Markwick, Markwick Markham & Perigal James Markwick and his son James were both fine watchmakers and worked in London. The elder was apprenticed on 25 June 1656 to Richard Taylor, and subsequently to Edward Gilpin. He became free of the Clockmakers' Company on 6 August 1666. Six apprentices were bound to him between 1674 and 1699. In 1673 he succeeded the business of Samuel Betts behind the Royal Exchange. Although he held office in the Clockmakers' Company, he was irregular in attendance, ceasing to tend to its affairs after 1700. He worked until at least 1706. His son, James Markwick Jr., became free of the Company in 1692 by patrimony. The younger James Markwick was an eminent maker, Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1720 and a very early user of jeweled bearings. In later years he was in partnership with his son-in-law Robert Markham, who succeeded him using the trading name of Markwick Markham, which became famous for watches destined for the Turkish market. Not only did this notoriety encourage the appearance of spuriously signed watches, but at the end of the century Markham, or his successor, associated the names of other watchmakers with their own products intended for the East. The makers thus found associated are: Francis Perigal, Peter Upjohn, H. Story, Borrell, John Johnson, Louis Recordon, Dupont. All were reputable watch-makers in their own right, selling other products under their own names. Francis Perigal (also Perrigal) was active from about 1770 to the time of his death in 1794. He was admitted as honorary freeman of the Clockmakers' Company in 1781. A maker of fine and interesting watches, he made a very early lever watch which, having been recased, can only be dated by the signature: "Watchmaker to the King". This appointment was conferred upon him in 1784. Little is known of Perigal, but the few surviving watches bearing his name are of considerable mechanical interest and of fine quality. He was succeeded in business by his son.

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(*) Auguste Louis Berthoud à Paris, Height 255 mm, circa 1860

Lot 151: (*) Auguste Louis Berthoud à Paris, Height 255 mm, circa 1860

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Description: An important giant carriage clock with chronometer escapement, half hour / hour self strike, constant force "remontoire d'égalité", moon phase and power reserve indicator Case: bronze, gilt, "Anglaise" case, moulded base and cornice, facet glazed on all sides, handle with fluted middle part. Dial: silvered, engine-turned, eccentric hour indicator with Roman numerals, eccentric seconds dial at "12" with centred engraved moon phase disc, sector for 8 day power reserve indicator, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: rectangular brass full plate movement, gilt, keywind, 1 hammer / 1 bell, going train with maintaining power, baluster movement pillars, 2 barrels, platform with pivoted detent chronometer escapement, large screw compensation balance. A similar clock is illustrated in: Carriage Clocks - Their history & development by Charles Allix, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1974, pp. 112-113, plates V/12 - V/13. These very fine chronometer travelling clocks were created by Auguste Louis Berthoud; the highly talented Auguste Louis was a grandson of famous maker Louis Berthoud.

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