Antiquorum’s Hong Kong, Hotel Furama, 29th May 1989 Auction Totaled HKD 6,426,845

The top lots for the auction are as follows:

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LOT 569

Jos. Martineau Senior, London, hallmarked 1745/46. Case chiselled by Christopher Heckel.

Highly important and magnificent silver pair cased quarter repeating, hour striking musical coach watch. Very fine double body pierced and chiselled leather covered outer case with pique work and fine scrolled foliage silver decoration. The magnificent double body inner case signed: 'C. H.', is chased from in front and embossed with a classical landscape, ruins on the foreground, within a large cartouche, outer pierced and engraved panels foliage and bandwork between chased shell and scrollwork. Fine 'champlevé' silver dial with Turkish numerals. Elaborated blued steel hands. Fine silver dust cap, the edge pierced and engraved with scrolls and musical trophies. Outstanding gilt brass full plate double level movement with conical pillars, 'fusee' and chain, verge escapement with plain brass three armed balance and fine large English cock pierced and engraved with scrolls. Musical train with fixed barrel, pointed cylinder, 7 bells and 12 hammers playing 2 tunes: MIRLITON AND BRITTONS - STRIKE HOME. Repeating on 2 bells. In very good condition. Diam. 146 mm.

Sold for HKD 1,245,750.00

Estimations :

HKD 750,000 - 1,000,000

CHF 150,000 - 200,000

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LOT 568

Anonymous, Swiss, in the manner of Jaquet Droz & Leschaut, circa 1785.

Outstanding 18-carat gold and enamel quarter repeating pearl set watch with erotic automatons, made for the Chinese market. Triple body case, bezel and back set with split pearls, extremely fine enamel painted scene on the back depicting 'the rapt of Helena by Pâris' (slightly restored on the edge). The back opens by means of a push piece on the band, revealing an automaton erotic scene with two enamelled personnages applied over a very finely painted boudoir (slightly restored). The action starts automatically when the lid is open and stops as soon it is closed. White enamel dial, with Roman numerals and outer Arabic minute ring. Blued steel Breguet hands. Double train gilt brass movement on two levels with inset bells, going barrels, cylinder escapement, plain brass three armed balance. Independant movement for the automatons. Repeating by depressing the pendant. In good condition. Diam. 62 mm.

Sold for HKD 460,000.00

Estimations :

HKD 400,000 - 500,000

CHF 80,000 - 120,000

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LOT 551

Anonymous, Swiss, circa 1800.

Extremely fine and rare 18-carat gold and enamel pearl set musical watch in form of an harp. Three body case with split pearl set bezel decorated over all with musical trophies, further champleve enamelled, pearl set decoration of laurel, lyra, harp, harts, quiver and arrows. White enamel dial with Breguet numerals. Blued steel 'spade' hands. Dial plate with champleve laurel branches over a blue enamel background. Gilt brass full plate movement with conical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement with plain brass three armed balance, continental cock and polished steel endpiece. Independant musical movement with pointed barrel and six piled up vibrating steel blades. In very good condition. Dim. 81x50 mm.

Sold for HKD 391,000.00

Estimations :

HKD 270,000 - 300,000

CHF 55,000 - 60,000

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LOT 561

Henry Capt, Genève, circa 1800

Very fine and extremely rare 18-carat gold musical quarter repeating watch with two automatons. Triple body 'Empire' engine turned case. Small off-set white enamel dial with Roman numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. The dial plate with an enamel painted landscape, a castle on the left and on the foreground an applied three coloured gold chiselled automaton scene with a lady playing the harp and a young boy drawing her portrait. Gilt brass double train movement with free standing barrel, inverted cylinder escapement with plain five armed steel balance. Musical train with pointed disc and vibrating steel blades, repeating on gongs. In very good condition. Diam. 60 mm.

Sold for HKD 230,000.00

Estimations :

HKD 200,000 - 300,000

CHF 40,000 - 60,000

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LOT 563

Humbert & Mairet, Geneve, circa 1800.

Very fine and important double face 18-carat gold and enamel watch with three automatons depicting: ' The forge'. Double body case with polished bezels. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals. Gold 'Croissant' hands. On the rear face, an enamel painted rupestral landscape with a pouring automaton fountain and on the foreground an applied three coloured gold chiselled automaton scene of the forge with a blacksmith blowing the fire while another one is hammering an horseshoe. Double train full plate gilt brass movement with fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, verge escapement with plain brass three armed balance. In very good condition. Diam. 55 mm.

Sold for HKD 230,000.00

Estimations :

HKD 200,000 - 250,000

CHF 40,000 - 50,000

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LOT 519

Anonymous, Swiss, circa 1790.

Extremely fine and rare gold and enamel skeleton watch. Triple body 'Empire' case with reeded band Small off-set white enamel dial with Breguet numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. Very fine gilt brass inverted urn shaped movement with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, off-set verge escapement with the plain brass three armed balance visible above the dial through the polished steel oval cock, fine enamel painted medallion on the reverse depicting a young couple with a child. In very good condition. Diam. 55 m.

Sold for HKD 218,500.00

Estimations :

HKD 150,000 - 200,000

CHF 30,000 - 40,000

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LOT 564

Anonymous, Swiss, circa 1800.

Very rare and fine double face 18-carat gold and enamel watch with four automatons, depicting 'Le forgeron de flèches'. Double body case with polished bezels. White enamel dial with Breguet numerals. Blued steel 'spade' hands. On the rear face, an enamel painted mountain landscape with on the foreground an applied three coloured gold chiselled automaton scene with a pouring fountain, a cupid blowing the fire while two other cupids are forging the weapons of Venus. Double train full plate gilt brass movement with ' fusee' and chain, cylindrical pillars, verge escapement with plain brass three armed balance. In very good condition. Diam. 58 mm.

Sold for HKD 218,500.00

Estimations :

HKD 200,000 - 300,000

CHF 40,000 - 60,000

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LOT 562

Henry Capt, Genève, circa 1800 (signed on the movement dust rim).

Fine and rare 18-carat gold and enamel quarter repeating musical watch with three automatons. Double body 'Empire' case with reeded band. Gilt brass cuvette. Small gold off-set dial with Breguet numerals, a roset engraved at the centre. Steel 'spade' hands with blued tips. Gold dial plate with an enamel painted landscape (slightly restored) and below the dial, an applied five coloured chiselled gold automaton scene, depicting a lady playing on the lyra and a Cupid playing the drum, while a dove appears on a bush to feed the female on the nest. Gilt brass full plate double train movement, with cylindrical pillars, cylinder escapement, brass plain three armed balance with diamond endstone, English type cock, partly sunk on an applied gilt brass plate, engraved with scrolls. Musical train with six piled up steel blades and a pointed barrel. In good condition. Diam. 58 mm.

Sold for HKD 195,500.00

Estimations :

HKD 190,000 - 230,000

CHF 38,000 - 45,000

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LOT 557

M.H. Jean Genbrugge Chateau de et à Broechem – Anvers, made in the 70's.

Very fine 18-carat gold and enamel pearl set quarter repeating musical double face watch, with four automatons, after an automaton watch from the SANDOZ collection. Three body 'Empire' case with pearl set bezels and reeded band. White enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blued steel Breguet hands. On the rear face, very fine composition of 'champlevé' enamel and three coloured gold, depicting a theatre scene, with a dansing couple in front of a mirror, two other automaton musicians play the harp and beat time on each side of the stage. Two train gilt brass movement with going barrels, ruby cylinder escapement, plain brass three armed balance, repeating on gongs. Musical train with pointed disc and 22 vibrating steel blades. The polished steel automaton work is set on a specially made level added to the original XIXth century movement. In very good condition.

Sold for HKD 192,625.00

Estimations :

HKD 200,000 - 250,000

CHF 40,000 - 50,000

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LOT 555

Anonymous, Swiss, circa 1790.

Rare 18-carat gold and enamel 'Bras en l'air' watch. Double body massive case, the bezel and the edge of the back with 'champlevé' mottoes over a blue background: 'Et du bien et du mal, je marque les instants' and 'Je suis sans le vouloir entrainée par le temps', the back of translucent blue enamel over engine turning (restored). White enamel dial with an applied chiselled gold automaton gladiator, turning his head from left to right and lifting his arms by depressing the pendant in order to point the hours and minutes along two sectors on each side. Gilt brass full plate movement with conical pillars, fusee and chain, plain brass three armed balance, continental cock with steel endstone. In ood condition. Diam. 55 mm.

Sold for HKD 161,000.00

Estimations :

HKD 125,000 - 150,000

CHF 25,000 - 30,000

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