744 lots

LOT 1

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

DANIEL DE SAINT-LEU

Very rare and fine, pair-cased, two-train pocket clock-watch, made for the Turkish market; 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold with rose-cut diamonds

Grading System: AAA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

HKD 48,000 - 64000

USD 6,000 - 8000

Brand Daniel de Saint Leu

Year Circa 1800-1820

Calibre  19’’’, full plate, gilded brass, engraved with scrolls, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (polished brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded English cock

Material 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold

Dimensions Ø 53.5 mm. (watch); 63.5 mm. (pair-cased); 75.9 mm. (protective case)

Signature Movement

Accessories Protective case in gilded brass and hom

Sold: CHF 25,000

 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold, pair-cased open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket clock-watch made for the Turkish market, with one horological complication: Striking the hours and the quarters in passing on one bell (function activated by the push-bolt at 3 o’clock). Case-back chiselled in varicoloured gold with an impressive military trophy, including flags, cannon and bullets, axe and lictor beam (fasces lictoriae), helmet and shield, etc.; bezel set with rose-cut diamonds. Spectacular watches such as this one were made for the Ottoman empire, including Turkish, Persian, and Egyptian markets. Similar watches are kept in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul. 
 Daniel de Saint Leu (1753-1797), London: Watchmaker to George III and Queen Charlotte from 1765 onwards; in 1753, he was established in Cloak Lane at ‘The Golden i-lead’. Later, he moved to 38 Cornhill and was succeeded in about 1790 by Rivers & Son. He made watches with quarter-repeaters and clock-watches, with verge and cylinder escapements, most in very ornate cases, sometimes with diamonds or other gemstones. While he specialized in watches for Eastern export markets, he is also known to have made a few very special pieces for the Spanish Court. A production, signed under his name, exists at the beginning of the 19th century; it is undoubtedly made in Geneva 

LOT 2

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

BLONDEL & MELLY

Very fine, decorative pocket watch with an early winding-mechanism, made for the Turkish market; 18K yellow gold and enamel.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 8,000 - 14000

HKD 64,000 - 112000

USD 8,000 - 14000

Brand Blondel & Melly

Model Retailed by Leroy (signature in Arabic characters)

Year Circa 1840

Movement No.  13 328

Calibre  17’’’, gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Case No.  13 328

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions Ø 50.7 mm

Signature Cuvette (by the maker) and Dial (by the retailer).

Accessories 18K yellow gold Breguet chain and gold and enamel Breguet winding-key decorated en suite

Sold: CHF 10,625

 18K yellow gold and enamel, open-face, keyless-winding and key-setting, round-shaped with scallop-edged (12 lobes) pocket watch, made for the Turkish market. Case-back and bezel painted on enamel on gold en grisaille on black background, with an alternation of flower motifs, allegories of Love, Arts, Music, Geometry, Gardening, etc. The movement of this watch is fitted with an early winding-system dating back to the early 1840s, when different watchmakers were interested in this issue: Jean-Adrien Philippe (1815-1894) in Paris then in Geneva, and, Louis-Benjamin Audemars (17821833) and his sons or Antoine LeCoultre (1803-1881) in the Valllée de Joux. Blondel & Melly Genevan watchmakers and merchants: active between circa 1820 and circa 1850. Denis Blondel and Antoine Melly produced very high-quality watches, richly decorated, some of them with horological complications, essentially made for the Turkish market. They also signed, during the 1840’s, miniature watches with a diametre of 16 mm., weighing 1.5 g. These watches are among the smallest ever made in the 19th century. They are mentioned: 15, quai des Bergues; 27, rue de la Cité and rue Kléberg (1844). Their production is numbered between circa 13 000 and circa 20 000. Denis Blondel continued to produce watches until the end of the 1860’s; its production at this moment reaches the figure of circa 22 500. 

LOT 3

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR, GOLD AND ENAMEL CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds “Souvenir”.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand Illegible Maker's Mark

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 89.4 x 56.9 x 8.2 mm

 Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong rectangular-shaped, “Etuiàtablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, five-leaved ivory tablets with gold rivet (pencil missing). Blue panels with, in the centre, inside gold frames, oval panels showing en grisaille two allegories of Love on vieux-rose background; the first depicting a young boy kissing the arm of a girl, the second with a slightly older boy declaring his love to a girl. The lid with applied diamond-set word “Souvenir”. “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Souvenir” (Souvenir) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts. 

LOT 4

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR, GOLD, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds. “Souvenir D’amitié”

Grading System: AAA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand Illegible Maker's Mark

Year Circa 1780-1790

Case No. 420

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 85.5 x 57.6 x 8.6 mm

 Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, four-leaved ivory tablets with gold rivet and a gold pencil. Green flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels, with, in the centre, inside gold frames, oval panels showing en grisaille two allegories of Love on vieux-rose background; the first depicting a young woman near a pedestal, the second with a young woman reading a book, with her, a Cupid with bow and arrow. The lid with applied diamond-set word “Souvenir” (on the reverse, the word “D’amitié” is missing). “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts. 

LOT 5

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, GOLD AND ENAMEL CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold and enamel. “Souvenir D’amitié”

Grading System: AAA

CHF 3,000 - 5000

HKD 24,000 - 40000

USD 3,000 - 5000

Brand Illegible Maker's Mark

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 79.6 x 50.6 x 7.7 mm

 Yellow gold and enamel, flattened oblong rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, three-leaved ivory tablets (one partly broken) with gold rivet and a gold pencil. Etui-à-tablette”. The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts.

LOT 6

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

Jacques Coulin & Amy Br

Elegant, decorative ultra-thin pocket watch; yellow gold and enamel.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 7,000 - 9000

HKD 56,000 - 72000

USD 7,000 - 9000

Brand Jacques Coulin & Amy Bry

Year Circa 1790

Calibre  21’’’, full plate, gilded brass, going barrel, cylinder escapement (brass wheel), monometallic balance (brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions Ø 57.6 mm

Signature Dial and Movement.

 Yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” ultra-thin and large pocket watch. Royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) case-back with a neoclassical décor of paillons depicting a vase of flowers inside a vertical oval frame surrounded by friezes; invisible hinges. Jacques Coulin & Amy Bry, Geneva Jacques Coulin (1744-1812), Amy Bry (1750-1830) and Jean Flournoy (1727-1811) were associates in Geneva, between 1782 to 1799. This watch is fitted with an extra-flat movement, the caliber with going barrel, directly derived from the works of Jean-Antoine Lépine (1720-1814), of which various examples are known (with cylinder or virgule escapement) made circa 1785-1795 by himself and other Parisian watchmakers such as: André Hessen (fl.1775-?), Dieudonné Kinable († 1815), Jean Gregson (fl.1776-1790), Gustave Adolphe Adamson (c.1747-aft.1813), Jean-Hilaire Bassereau (1743-1806), etc. This kind of caliber was developing at the same time in Geneva. This achievement allows the production of very elegant watches, whose cases are built with invisible hinges. If these watches, in the latest fashion, are very popular with the aristocratic clientele of the time, they are also appreciated on the export markets, like that of China. 

LOT 7

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

GREGSON

Elegant, decorative thin pocket watch; yellow gold and enamel.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

HKD 40,000 - 56000

USD 5,000 - 7000

Brand Gregson

Year Circa 1790

Calibre  19’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material Yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions Ø 53.8 mm

Signature Dial and Movement

 Yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” thin pocket watch. Case-back painted on enamel on gold by an unidentified Genevan workshop, showing two young women talking to each other, one of whom has a partially stripped chest, near a peacock, on a royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engineturning), in a neoclassical décor of paillons; invisible hinges. Gregson, Jean, Paris (fl.1776-1790) Watchmaker from England, Jean Gregson (?-?) was active in Paris in the second half of the 18th century. He did not demand mastery but obtained, in 1776, the title of “Marchand Horloger Privilégié du Roi suivant la Cour et Conseils de Sa Majesté”, whether “Watchmaker of the King”, although foreign and protestant. Jean Gregson seems to have left France at the time of the Revolution. He is no longer mentioned in Paris after 1790. He was previously established at rue Dauphine and signs his watches: “Horloger du Roy” or “Horloger de la Cour de France”. 

LOT 8

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

URN FORM WATCH, GOLD AND ENAMEL

Very fine and rare, form-watch in the shape of an urn; 18K yellow gold and enamel

Grading System: AAA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

HKD 48,000 - 64000

USD 6,000 - 8000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1790

Calibre  12’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 82 x42.5 mm

Sold: CHF 9,375

 18K yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, “Directoire” formwatch in the shape of an urn. Case-back painted on enamel on gold by an unidentified Genevan workshop, showing a young man talking to a young lady near a faithful dog-cat, on a royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning), in a neoclassical décor of paillons; under the urn’s foot, a secret to open the lid of the watch in order to wind the movement and set the time 

LOT 9

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

GAGE DE RESPECT FILIAL, GOLD AND ENAMEL CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds. “Gage de Respect Filial”.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds

Dimensions 87.8 x 54.6 x 11.9 mm

Sold: CHF 5,000

 Yellow gold, varicoloured gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong tapering rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, four-leaved ivory tablets with gold rivet and a gold pencil. Royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels in varicoloured gold structure, with, in the centre, inside gold and diamond-set frames, oval panels showing in polychrome two allegories of Love; the first depicting a young Warrior near an Altar of Love with, by his side, an incredibly beautiful young woman, partially naked, showing us a charming bosom, the second with a Cupid holding a shield with the cypher “C F”, initials of the two lovers. The lid with applied diamond-set words “Gage de / Resp. Filial” (Gage de Respect Filial; Pledge of Filial Respect). “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Gage de Respect Filial” (Pledge of Filial Respect) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts. 

LOT 10

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMONDS CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds. “Souvenir D’amitié”.

Grading System: AA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds

Dimensions 81.1 x 44.4 x 10.2 mm

 Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong rectangularshaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, four-leaved ivory tablets with gold rivet (pencil missing). Blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels, with, in the centre, inside gold frames, oval panels showing in polychrome two allegories of Love; the first depicting an Altar of Love, the second with a Coronation of Love. The lid with applied diamond-set words “Souvenir” “D’amitié”. “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century. The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts 

LOT 11

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMONDS CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds. “Souvenir d’amitié”.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds

Dimensions 89.3 x 55.4 x 9.4 mm

Sold: CHF 4,625

 Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong tapering rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, threeleaved ivory tablets with gold rivet and a gold pencil. Brown flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels, with, in the centre, inside gold and diamond-set frames, oval panels showing in polychrome two allegories of Love; the first depicting a young child who seems scared, the second with another young child warming himself near a fire. “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century.The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts. 

LOT 12

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

SOUVENIR D’AMITIE, GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMONDS CARNET DE BAL

Very fine, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal; yellow gold, enamel and diamonds. “Souvenir d’amitié”.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Brand F H

Year Circa 1780-1790

Material Yellow gold, enamel and diamonds

Dimensions 84.6 x 55.2 x 9.5 mm

 Yellow gold, varicoloured gold, enamel and diamonds, flattened oblong tapering rectangular-shaped, “Etui-à-tablette”, carnet-de-bal, with inside, three-leaved ivory tablets with gold rivet and a gold pencil. Guilloché (engine-turning) and varicoloured gold chiselled structure with enamel decoration imitating the marble, with, in the centre, inside gold frames, oval panels; the first depicting in polychrome a charming scene with a young fisherman having a little chat with a young washerwomen with her untimely naked breast, near a child; the second containing a wisp of blond hair and the varicoloured gold chiselled dedication “A toi” (To you). “Etui-à-tablette” The fashion of these small étuis (cases) develops throughout the 18th century. These small flat cases containing a writing kit (ivory tablets and pencil) are then used to record his appointments. These cases are the ancestors of the carnets-de-bal (notebooks) that will develop during the 19th century.The inscription “Souvenir d’amitié” (Souvenir of Friendship) underlines the sentimental value of such gifts 

LOT 13

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

LUTH WATCH, GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARLS FORM WATCH

Fine and rare, form-watch in the shape of a luth; 18K yellow gold, enamel and pearls.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

HKD 40,000 - 56000

USD 5,000 - 7000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1800-1810

Movement No.  3 605

Calibre  9’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 67.9 x 27.9 mm

LOT 14

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

MANDOLIN, GOLD AND ENAMEL FORM WATCH

Fine and rare, form-watch in the shape of a mandolin; 18K yellow gold and enamel.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

HKD 40,000 - 56000

USD 5,000 - 7000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1800-1810

Calibre  10’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 69.9 x 30 mm

 18K yellow gold and enamel, hunting-cased, key-winding, form-watch in the shape of a mandolin. Case-back and cover polychrome enamelled imitating the body of the musical instrument, in a range of blue colours. 

LOT 15

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

TULIP, GOLD AND ENAMEL FORM WATCH

Very fine, form-watch in the shape of a tulip; 18K yellow gold and enamel

Grading System: AAA

CHF 3,000 - 5000

HKD 24,000 - 40000

USD 3,000 - 5000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1830-1840

Calibre  10’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 43.5 x 29.5 mm

LOT 16

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

JULIEN LEROY, QUARTER REPEATER, MADE FOR THE TURKISH MARKET, GOLD, PEARLS AND ENAMEL

Fine, pocket watch with quarter-repeater, made for the Turkish market; 18K yellow gold, enamel and pearls.

Grading System: AA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

HKD 48,000 - 64000

USD 6,000 - 8000

Brand Julien Le Roy

Year Circa 1800-1820

Calibre  17’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (polished brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock

Material 18K yellow gold, enamel and pearls

Dimensions Ø 57.6 mm

Signature Movement and Dust-cap

 18K yellow gold, enamel and pearls, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, made for the Turkish market, with one horological complication: • Quarter-repeater on one bell (activated by depressing the pendant) Case-back painted on enamel on gold with a vase of flowers with pearl-set. 

LOT 17

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

BOVET, LADY AND THE FLOWERS, GILT PEARLS AND ENAMEL

Extremely fine, rare and unusual over size pocket watch made for the Chinese market with special calibre and balance; gilded silver, enamel and pearls

Grading System: AAA

CHF 10,000 - 15000

HKD 80,000 - 120000

USD 10,000 - 15000

Brand Bovet

Year Circa 1860-1880

Movement No. 386

Calibre  24’’’, gilded brass, engraved Chinese-style, with going barrel, duplex escapement, compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel flat hairspring

Material Gilded silver, enamel and pearls

Diameter Ø 62.5 mm

Signature Movement

Sold: CHF 37,500

 Gilded silver, enamel and pearl-set, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, very large pocket watch with centre-seconds, made for the Chinese market. Polychrome painting on enamel on silver, by an unidentified workshop, probably Geneva, showing a young Western woman with a melancholy air, in bust, looking to the right, on a vegetal background in an entourage of flowers from which emerges a butterfly (symbol of fragility); fluted case-band; bezel set with half-pearls. A rare example of oversized “Chinese” movement in which the balance wheel is bi-metallic. It’s extremely rare to find a watch typically made for the Chinese market with such a subject. Bovet, Fleurier (Val-de-Travers) One of the most important Swiss watchmaking dynasties. Having worked for the Chinese market, founded by siblings, children of Jean-Frédéric Bovet (1758-1818), watchmaker from Fleurier (Val-de-Travers), and Julie Yersin (1763-1837) from Môtiers, married in Fleurier on July 28, 1781, who were: Charles-Frédéric (1786-1846), Charles-Alphonse (1788-1850), Gustave (1790-1835), Edouard (1797-1849), Charles-Henri (1802-?) and Julie-Caroline Bovet (1807-?).The three brothers, Frédéric, Alphonse and Edouard, first set up a business in London in 1814-1815, making watches for the local market. In 1818, Edouard was hired by the Maison Magniac to be a watchmaker for them in China, in Canton. Thus, at the age of 21, on April 20, 1818, he embarked aboard the ‘Orwell’, of the East India Company, the fastest ship of the moment. On August 16, 1818, the ‘Orwell’ anchored at the Tiger Gate after “un voyage assez pénible et le plus court qui ait jamais été fait” (a rather painful and short trip that has ever been made); a journey of 119 days. Edward notes in his logbook: “On ne peut pas se faire une idée de la quantité de bateaux qui se trouve dessus cette rivière, tout ce peuple vit dessus l’eau, car il n’y a pas assez de place dessus terre ; la rivière est plus large que la Tamise par place. Canton est une vilaine ville [...], tout est vilain et puant...” (One can’t get an idea of the quantity of boats on this river, all these people live on the water, because there is not enough space on the ground; the river is wider than the Thames by place. Canton is a nasty city [...] everything is ugly and stinky…). In a few years, after having realised the great possibilities of the Chinese market, the Bovets established their own company. On May 1st, 1822, Edouard, remaining in Canton, signed with his brothers Frédéric and Alphonse, working out of London, and Gustave, out of their home town, Fleurier, a partnership contract for the export of watches from London. The youngest Bovet brother, Charles, later joined the company as well. Edouard Bovet notes that not only Mandarins but all of the Chinese are fond of watches. He wanted to sell quality watches at affordable prices to the rest of the population who were often neglected by the luxury market. Fleurier became the manufacturing centre of the “Chinese watch”. The Bovets boost the economy of Val-de-Travers; in 1840, no less than 175 watchmaker workshops worked for the Bovets in Fleurier, Saint-Sulpice and Bayards. The Bovets were the first to write their name in Chinese on watch dials. The brand became so famous that the word “poway”, rather “Bovet” according to the Chinese pronunciation, becomes the synonymous of “watch” for the Chinese. Among the signatures on these watches, one often finds the name Bovet translated into Chinese, as well as the name “Tevob” (“Bovet” spelled backwards). In 1830, Edouard left China, returning to Fleurier with his “Chinese” son Edouard-Georges (1826-1894), born of a Chinese mother, after having become a very rich man in the Orient. Edouard – who is nicknamed Bovet-de-Chine – following his participation in the liberal insurrections of 1831, must go into exile in Besançon (Doubs, France) and relocate part of his industry. On September 25, 1847, he married in England, in Middlesex (London), Constance Ellen Meunier (1815-?), originally from Pontarlier (Doubs, France). He would return to Fleurier only in 1848 after the establishment of the Republic following the Revolution of March 1st, 1848, in Neuchâtel, that ended the reign of the King of Prussia on the Principality of Neuchâtel. He died one year later. In 1840, Bovet Frères et Cie was established in Fleurier, later including Frédéric Fritz Bovet (1824-1913), son of Alphonse Bovet. In 1864, the Bovet watch production was sold to Bovet’s manufacturing inspectors in Fleurier, Jules Jéquier and Ernest Bobillier, soon joined by Ami Leuba. In 1888, Bovet Frères was founded under the direction of Alexis Landry, who served his apprenticeship in Fritz Bovet’s workshop in Fleurier, still producing ebauches for Chinese watches and silver cases. Alexis Landry formed a partnership with Albert and Jean Bovet, specialising in complicated watches  and chronographs. In 1901, the Bovet trademark was acquired by César and Charles Leuba, sons of Ami Leuba. In 1918, Jacques Ullmann & Cie of La Chaux-de-Fonds bought the Bovet brand from Leuba brothers, and in 1948, Favre-Leuba took over the company and acquired the first production plant. In 1966, Favre-Leuba sold the Fleurier plant, and in 1989 Michel Parmigiani acquired the Bovet name. A limited company registered as Bovet Fleurier S.A. was formed in 1990, using the Bovet trademark. In 1994, Roger Guye and Thierry Oulevay (1956-2013) bought Bovet Fleurier S.A. and opened a branch in Geneva. Pascal Raffy became the majority shareholder and President in 2001. Today, Bovet 1822 timepieces are widely available in the world’s major destinations. Eager to maintain its historical roots in the Far East, the company has subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Japan, and delivers its collection to select distributors in Singapore, Taiwan, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia, the United States, London, and Geneva 

LOT 18

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

Unsigned, attributable to Philippe Gervais or Placide Granier

Exceptionally fine and equally rare, form-watch in the shape of a scent-bottle; 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold.

Grading System:

CHF 12,000 - 18000

HKD 96,000 - 144000

USD 12,000 - 18000

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1780-1790

Calibre  Shaped like a vase, gilded brass, full plate entirely engraved, cylindrical pillars, with going barrel, cylinder escapement (brass wheel), monometallic balance (gilded brass) with a silver additional diamond-set plate and blued steel flat hairspring

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 107 x 48.9 mm

Accessories 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold chatelaine decorated en suite (breloques missing)

Sold: CHF 20,625

 18K yellow gold and varicoloured gold, double-face, form-watch in the shape of a scent-bottle, with visible balance, date, and seconds. Body decorated with chiselled leaves, garlands of flowers, bunches of grapes and angels, over a matted background; the front with two apertures, the lower one for the dial of the watch, the upper one for its balance; the back, also with two apertures, the upper one for the seconds, the lower one for the date of the month; the winding and setting key screwed in the top of the object. Chatelaine decorated en suite with two allegories of Love; on top, an altar of Love with the union of the two hearts; below, two doves kissing each other, near a quiver and the arrows of Love. This watch-object can be linked by its decoration to a small group of Genevan pieces of neoclassical inspiration of a great facture sometimes bearing the mark “P G”, a goldsmith master who could be Philippe Gervais (c.1734-1796) or Placide Granier (c.1743-1812). The Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, as well as the Louvre Museum and the Cognacq Jay Museum in Paris, as well as various private collections, kept in their collections several of these magnificent timepieces, some in the form of miniature lanterns (with three dials), double-side miniature cartels (with two dials), canes handle, boîtes à montres (with two or three dials), perfume bottles (with two or three dials), “World Time” bonbonnière (with one dial), but also various boxes without watches (snuff-boxes, bonbonnières), etc. On these objects we someti - mes found the signatures of Parisian watchmakers and retailers, such as Pierre Morand, Adam L’Echopié (master received in 1758), etc. Philippe Gervais (c.1734-1796) Bijoutier (jeweller), son of André, who came from Hanau in Germany, to Geneva and was registered as a habitant (resident) on September 8, 1761. Two years later, on November 12, 1763, he was received as a master under the usual restrictions imposed on foreigners and presented as his masterpiece “une tabatière émaillée et garnie en diamants, for propre” (a most acceptable gold and enamel snuff box set with diamonds). On February 26, 1764, he married a local woman, Gabrielle Rey, with whom he had three children. Gervais died in Geneva on August 19, 1796. He associated with Pierre Delasauzais, Master goldsmith (received on March 31, 1744). Placide Granier, Geneva (c.1743-1812) Born in Cambrai in the North of France circa 1743, he died in Geneva on April 25, 1812. In this city he married Anne André (1745-1814), a lady probably from the long line of goldsmiths and painters on enamel. He was admitted, though simple domicilié (domiciled), to the privilege of the master’s degree in Geneva on December 28, 1784 (which proves his great abilities), having presented as a masterpiece “une boîte garnie de diamants très bien faîte’’ (a box set with diamonds, very well made). He was received as a habitant (resident) of that city on July 6, 1791, and Master goldsmith the following August 2. He associated with Jean-Georges Vignier (1769-1833), Master jeweller (received on August 27, 1791). 

LOT 19

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

GOLD AND ENAMEL SNUFF BOX, ENAMEL ATTRIBUTED TO JEAN LOUIS RICHTER

Very fine, snuff-box; yellow gold and enamel; the enamel attributable to Jean-Louis Richter

Grading System: AA

CHF 8,000 - 12000

HKD 64,000 - 96000

USD 8,000 - 12000

Brand Illegible Maker's Mark

Year Circa 1800

Material Yellow gold and ename

Dimensions 15.8 x 69.5 x 40 mm

Sold: CHF 10,000

 Yellow gold and enamel, horizontal shaped snuff-box with hinged lid; cover, base and band decorated with neoclassical frieze; in the centre of the cover, a horizontal panel polychrome painted on enamel depicting a scene with children feeding chickens, after an English engraving; the painting on enamel on gold attributable to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva. Children Feeding Chickens The charming painted enamel scene decorating the present snuff-box derives from English genre paintings by artists from the Royal Academy, such as Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Francis Wheatley (1747-1801), William Hamilton (1751-1801), William Redmore Bigg (1755-1828), George Morland (1763-1804), etc., who specialised in images of romanticised English rural life in the last quarter of the 18th century. Their paintings were engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), Thomas Burke (1749-1815), John Raphael Smith (1752-1812), Peltro William Tomkins (17601840), Henry Gillbank (fl. late-18th and early-19th c.), Thomas Gaugain (1756-c.1810), etc., and sold as prints which were published by John Boydell (1719-1804) and Josiah Boydell (1752-1817), engravers and print-sellers, James Daniell (fl.1771-1814), John Brydon (fl.1783-1806) and others. These genre prints were enormously popular and were used as models for Genevan enamellers, including Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841). Richter, Jean-Louis (1766-1841) Learned his art in Geneva under David-Etienne Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux, becoming a most renowned enamel painter. His specialty was the painting of landscapes, particularly lake-side scenes and marine-scapes, often representing ships in a harbour or battles with fighting Men-of-War, but, on occasion, also portraits and hunting scenes. He did not often sign his work, but it is clearly recognised as being his hand from the style and quality of the painting. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuff-boxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets. In 1828, he was in partnership with Aimé-Julien Troll (1781-1852) and one can find work signed “Richter et Troll”. Richter, like other great enamel painters of the time, often found inspiration for his work from paintings or engravings by the artists then in fashion, particularly Claude Vernet or the romanticised English and Irish rural life. 

LOT 20

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 11, 2019

Jean-Georges Rémond & Co.

Extremely fine and rare, snuff-box in the shape of a butterfly; 18K yellow gold and enamel.

Grading System:

CHF 18,000 - 24000

HKD 144,000 - 192000

USD 18,000 - 24000

Brand Jean-Georges Remond & Co.

Year Circa 1800-1807

Material 18K yellow gold and enamel

Dimensions 13.8 x 90.1 x 63.7 mm

 18K yellow gold and enamel, snuff-box with hinged lid, in the shaped of a butterfly; cover polychrome enamelled imitating the colours of the lepidopteran insect, probably a peacock butterfly; band and base decorated with Royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning) panels and black champlevé motifs. A similar snuff-box is illustrated in Snowman, A. Kenneth, Eighteenth Century Gold Boxes of Europe, London, Faber & Faber, 1966, black & white pl. before p. 113, ill. 749 (Collection Wartski, London). Jean-Georges Rémond, Geneva Jean-Georges Rémond (c.1746-c.1820) was active from 1783 to circa 1815-1820. Became Master goldsmith on December 22, 1783 and struck his first Master mark. Seven years later he appears to have formed a company: Georges Rémond & Cie, which eventually became, circa 1800, Rémond, Mercier, Lamy & Cie. During the French occupation of Switzerland by Napoléon, Jean-Georges Rémond recorded marks. In 1792, the partners Joseph Guidon, Jean-Georges Rémond, David Gide, Laurent Guisseling and Jean-Noël Lamy informally began working as Guidon, Rémond, Gide & Cie, (the company was officially registered on January 1, 1796). In 1809, the firm took on the name of Jean-Georges Rémond & Cie, and had offices both in Geneva and Hanau. The partners were Jean-Georges Rémond, Jean-Noël Lamy, Jean Boëhm (domiciled in Hanau), Denis Blondet, Laurent Guiseling, and Daniel Berton. In 1811, Jean-Georges Rémond, Jean-Noël Lamy, Laurent Guiseling, Pierre Mercier and Daniel Berton formed a company known as Rémond, Lamy, Mercier & Cie. Bibliography (to understand the importance of Jean-Georges Rémond as a gold box-maker in Geneva) • Chapuisat, Edouard, Le commerce et l’industrie à Genève pendant la domination française (1789-1813), d’aprés des documents inédits, Editions A. Julien, Georg & Cie, 1908, p. 489. • Haydn, Williams, & Clarke, Julia (ed.), Enamels of the World, 1700-2000, The Khalili Collection, London, The Khalili Family Trust, 2009, pp. 292-317 (see also: http:// www.khalilicollections.org). • Clarke, Julia, “Swiss gold boxes: myth or reality?”, in Murdoch, Tessa, & Zech, Heike (ed.), Going for Gold: Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes, Brighton, Sussex Academic Press, 2014, pp. 70-71.