554 lots

LOT 141

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 5512 4 LINES SUBMARINER STEEL Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, 660ft = 200m, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified," , No. 1829444, Ref. 5512. Made in 1968. Fine and rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with a stainless steel Rolex buckle.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Three-body, polished and brushed, graduated bi-directional revolving black bezel for the decompression times, Triplock winding- crown protected by the crown guard, screw down case back. Black with luminous round, triangular and baton indexes, outer minutes/ seconds divisions. Luminous steel skeleton hands. Cal. 1560, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 5 positions and temperatures, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

Grading System: AA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

HKD 48,000 - 64000

USD 6,000 - 8000

Sold: CHF 11,875

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 15 mm. Made in very limited quantities ordered by the president of Syria, Hafez Al Asad. Before becoming President of Syria (from 1971 to 2000), he was a general which probably explains his interest for sport Rolex watches just like the Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said Al Said. All those watches were ordered through Asprey and had the retailer's stamp on the outside caseback. Still present with its original punched warranty, hang tag with the serial number, end pieces holder and plastic folder with the calendar card with its serial, it is the only 1680 Asad complete ever to be offered at auction. To be sold without reserve

LOT 142

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX, REF. 1680, HAFEZ AL ASAD Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual Date", case No. 5225972, Ref. 1680. Made in 1977, on special order for Hafiz Al Asad, retailed by Asprey. Very fine and extremely rare, center-seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date and a stainless steel Oyster "Fliplock" bracelet. Accompanied by the original punched warranty, plastic folder containing the calendar card, hang tag, plastic tag and Chronometer seal.

Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, graduated bi-directional revolving blu bezel for the decompression times, winding crown protected by the crown guard, inside case back engraved with "5972", crystal with cyclops lens. Black with applied luminous yellow gold round, triangular and baton indexes, with the red signature of Hafiz Al Asad, aperture for the date, outer minute/seconds divisions. Luminous steel skeleton hands. Cal. 1570, rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 26 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and five positions, shock-absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

Grading System:

CHF 35,000 - 55000

HKD 280,000 - 440000

USD 35,000 - 55000

Sold: CHF 52,500

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 17 mm. Approx overall length 170 mm.

LOT 143

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 6238 PRE-DAYTONA STEEL Rolex, Geneve. Case No. 1226663, Ref. 6238/6239. Made in 1965. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, manual winding, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers and tachometer with a stainless steel Rolex riveted bracelet (Ref. 7205).

Three-body, polished and brushed, curved lugs, inclined bezel, screwed-down case back and Oyster crown. Silvered with applied steel baton indexes and luminous dots, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer 1/5th seconds/minutes division. Luminous steel baton hands. Cal. 72, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to three positions, shock absorber, self- compensating breguet balance spring.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 30,000 - 50000

HKD 240,000 - 400000

USD 30,000 - 50000

Sold: CHF 36,250

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm. Approx. overall length 185 mm.

LOT 144

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 6238 PRE-DAYTONA, RETAILED BY TIFFANY, STEEL Rolex, Geneve. Retailed by Tiffany & Co., case No.1226327, Ref. 6238. Made in 1965. Very fine and rare, water-resistant, manual winding, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers and tachometer.

Three-body, polished and brushed, curved lugs, inclined bezel, screwed-down case back and Oyster crown. Silvered with applied steel baton indexes and luminous dots, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer 1/5th seconds/minutes division. Luminous steel baton hands. Cal. 722, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to three positions, shock absorber, self-compensating breguet balance spring.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 35,000 - 45000

HKD 280,000 - 360000

USD 35,000 - 45000

Sold: CHF 56,250

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 36 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm.

LOT 145

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX, REF. 6240 "PAUL NEWMAN" COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA STEEL Rolex, "Cosmograph, Daytona," case No. 1658192, Ref. 6240. Made circa 1967. Very fine and extremely rare, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer, anti-reflective black bezel graduated to 200 units per hour and a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet (Ref, 7835) with deployant clasp. Accompanied by a Rolex warranty and fitted box.

Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back, buttons (damaged) and crown, tachometer graduation on the bezel to 200 units per hour. Three color black, white and red with applied black steel indexes and luminous dots, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer minute/ seconds division. Luminous steel baton hands. Cal. 722, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, adjusted to three positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung flat balance spring, Microstella regulating screws.

Grading System:

CHF 100,000 - 150000

HKD 800,000 - 1200000

USD 100,000 - 150000

Sold: CHF 185,000

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 37 mm. THICKNESS 14 mm. The ROLEX DAYTONA REF 6240, released in the mid 1960's, was the first version of Rolex chronograph to feature screw-down chronograph buttons and therefore the first to be adverstised as waterproof. With production of the 6240 from approximate serial number range from 1.2 until 1.7, it is generally accepted by connoisseurs, only examples with serial numbers in the 1.65 million region were fitted by Rolex with PAUL NEWMAN dials. The accepted version of Paul Newman dial found on the 6240 within the serial range is the three-colour examples with pyramidal SWISS signature. Considered one of the rarest versions of Rolex Daytona available to the collector the 6240 with Paul Newman dial can be considered a 'grail' watch in any collection. Interestingly the warranty was stamped at the wrong place on the second page rather than at the end and was purchased at the Orolegeria Dobner in Trieste on July 26th, 1969, only 6 days after the Apollo XI landing.

LOT 146

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 16570 EXPLORER II BLACK DIAL, OMANI SWORD, STEEL Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified," case No. F089004, Ref. 16570. Sold in February 2004. Fine, two time zone, center-seconds, self-winding, water resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date independently adjustable 12-hour hand and a stainless steel Oysterlock bracelet. Accompanied by the original warranty, fitted box, booklets and hang tag.

Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, steel bezel graduated in 24 hours, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens. Black with luminous round, baton and triangular white gold indexes, outer minute division, aperture for the date. Luminous white gold skeleton hands, luminous arrow 24-hour hand. Cal. 3185, rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self- compensating Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 15,000 - 20000

HKD 120,000 - 160000

USD 15,000 - 20000

Dial case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm. Approx. overall length 160 mm.

LOT 147

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 114060 SUBMARINER STEEL Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, "Submariner, 1000 ft. = 300 m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified," case No. D53134Q3, Ref. 114060. Sold in October 2016. Fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with a stainless steel glidelock fliplock bracelet. Accompanied by the original fitted box, warranty card, instruction booklet and green seal.

Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, graduated unidirectional ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal. Black with luminous round, triangular and baton white gold indexes, outer minute track. Luminous white gold skeleton hands. Cal. 3130, rhodium-plated, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

Grading System: AA

CHF 4,000 - 6000

HKD 32,000 - 48000

USD 4,000 - 6000

Sold: CHF 6,250

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm. Approx. overall length 190 mm.

LOT 148

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX, REF. 116655 YACHT-MASTER PINK GOLD Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Yacht-Master, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, No. V7576702, Ref. 116655. Sold November 13th, 2016. Very fine, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K pink gold Chronometer wristwatch with date and an 18K pink gold Rolex deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee, card case and booklets.

Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, Triplock winding- crown protected by the Crown Guard, graduated bidirectional revolving black bezel with 60-minute scale with raised numerals, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens. Black with applied luminous round, baton and triangular pink gold indexes, outer minute/seconds division. Luminous pink gold skeleton hands. Cal. 3135, rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, free-sprung monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 12,000 - 18000

HKD 96,000 - 144000

USD 12,000 - 18000

Sold: CHF 18,750

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm.

LOT 149

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX REF. 16528 COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA MARK III INVERTED 6, YELLOW GOLD Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer, Cosmograph, Daytona," case No. R984022, Ref. 16528. Made in 1988. Fine, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch, with round button chronograph, registers, bezel with tachometer graduated to 400 UPH and an 18K yellow gold Rolex Oysterlock bracelet.

Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back, buttons and crown, Triplock winding crown protected by the crown guard, tachometer graduation on the bezel to 400 units per hour, sapphire crystal. Champagne with diamond indexes, outer minute and 1/5th seconds track, subsidiary guilloche black ring dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers. Luminous yellow gold baton hands. Cal. 4030, rhodium-plated, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 6 positions, shock absorber, self compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 20,000 - 30000

HKD 160,000 - 240000

USD 20,000 - 30000

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 13 mm. Approx. overall length 155 mm.

LOT 150

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ROLEX, A SET OF FOUR DAYTONA BEACH WITH DIAMOND BEZEL, WHITE GOLD Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Cosmograph Daytona", case No. Z 350366/D810502/M 291970/Z350384, Ref. 116589. Made in circa 2001. Very fine, special-edition, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K white gold and diamond wristwatch with round button chronograph, registers, tachometer and an 18K white gold deployant Fliplock clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box, guarantee (one blank), Cosmograph Daytona booklet and extra straps.

Three-body, solid, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back, buttons and crown, Triplock winding-crown protected by the crown guard, diamond set bezel, sapphire crystal. Pink/blue/yellow/green mother-of-pearl with applied radial white gold Roman numerals and indexes, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers. White gold baton hands. Cal. 4130, rhodium plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 44 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to 6 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws.

Grading System:

CHF 200,000 - 300000

HKD 1,600,000 - 2400000

USD 200,000 - 300000

Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm. Following the instant success of the Daytona beach which was instantly sold out when announced in 2001, most watches were sold on the Italian market. Having never appeared at auction and complete with their original box and warranties, this exceptional set of Daytonas beach with diamond bezel is a fantastic addition to the discerning modern Daytona collector. According to our research, we know of only 8 others so far with this configuration.

LOT 151

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

"ROMAN CHARITY" CABRIER,London,Number 278. Enamel signed Huaud le puisné fecit, circa 1680-1685. The movement, dial and bezel circa 1730. Very fine and important painted on enamel 21K.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Two-body, "bassine" with deep back and inward edges, back finely painted on enamel depicting Roman Charity, band with four vignettes, each with a rural scene, inside painted with a house by a river, a tree in the foreground. Silver champleve, radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and Arabic five-minute numerals. Steel beetle and poker hands. 33 mm. frosted gilt full-plate with baluster pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, steel balance with flat balance spring, silvered single- footed cock.

Grading System: AAA

CHF 12,000 - 22000

HKD 96,000 - 176000

USD 12,000 - 22000

Sold: CHF 8,750

DIAM. 40 mm. The painting (approx. 1626) of Simon Vouet (1590-1649) is exposed today in Bayonne at the Musee des Beaux-arts Bonnat-Helleu (oil on canvas Inv.CM 169). The work is then engraved by Claude Mellan (1598-1688). The painting shows the influence of Caravaggio (1571-1610) on the young Simon Vouet. Its dark background composition highlights the face of Pero and the harmony of colors. The subject comes from the historian Valere Maxime (1st century after Jesus-Christ). Condemned to die of hunger in his cell, the old Cimon is visited daily by his daughter Pero. Intrigued by his survival, despite his hunger strike, his captor discovers that Pero breast feeds her father daily. The judges, faced with her devotion, set her father free. In the XVIIIth century iconography, free acts of charity are often the subject of enamel pocket watches such as Roman charity as well as Cleopatra's suicide. Similar watch cases signed or attributed to the Freres Huaut, Geneva or Berlin can be found at the Patek Philippe museum (INV. 244,447,667) or in the New York Metropolitan museum of Art. The present lot was previously sold by Neumarkt on September 20, 1968 To be sold without reserve

LOT 152

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

''LA RENCONTRE DE CLÉOPATRE ET ANTOINE'' OTTO SCHROEDER, KIEL.Made circa 1680. Fine, gold and painted on enamel pocket watch.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Two-body, "bassine" with curved-in edges, the back painted scene, the interior decorated with a rural landscape, the band with four cartouches depicting countryside landscapes, loose ring pendant. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track with five-minute Arabic numerals. Blue steel hands 37 mm., hinged, gilt brass full plate, conical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, three-arm brass balance, pierced and engraved foliate continental clock, polished steel endplate garnet endstone, silver regulation dial Movement signed.

Grading System: A

CHF 10,000 - 20000

HKD 80,000 - 160000

USD 10,000 - 20000

Sold: CHF 6,875

DIAM. 47 mm. The present lot was previously sold by Neumarkt on September 20, 1968. The painting (approx. 1650) of Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671) has been completely lost today. It is due to its similar style that this paiting was attributed (see Thuillier, Jacques, Sebastien Bourdon, catalogue critique et chronologique de l'oeuvre complet, Paris, 2000, p.210 No 71 and p. 226-227, No. 81) The subject depicts the meeting of Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt and Anthony, roman general and politician in Tarse, capital of meridonial Anatolia (today Turkey). It is a historical fact that after many issues, the couple is led to suicide due to the lack of flexibility of the emperor at the time, Octavia. The theme of Anthony and Cleopatra appears in french theater around 1552, under the reign of Henri the second. Etienne Jodelle (1532-1573)creates the play to show the royals depicting the trapped Cleopatra as a lesson of morals. This first french tragedy was designed to warn people of the dangers of love and passion. The author is instantly credited for humanism in theater and is admitted, the following year in the circle of pleiad, a group of seven poets gathered around Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). Similar pieces can be found in the New York museum of modern art and in the Musee de la Chaux de Fonds (INV. I-553). To be sold without reserve

LOT 153

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

JEAN LOUIS ARGAND GOLD AND ENAMEL Jean Louis Argand and Guillaume Bouvier,Paris 1740. movement number 3887,very fine and rare gold and enamel pocket watch.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Double body with gold mounts, enamelled in white with raised gold and translucent enamel decoration with rosette scrolls on the bezels, the back centred with a cartouche depicting mythological scene, borders decorated with blue and green translucent enamel and signed BOUVIER in a gold cartouche. White enamel Roman hour,outer minute track with 5 minutes Arabic markers, Blued steel beetle and poker hands. Gilt brass full plate, pentagonal pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain balance, flat spring with regulator, continenatal cock with trellis patten decoration.

Grading System:

CHF 10,000 - 20000

HKD 80,000 - 160000

USD 10,000 - 20000

Signed on the back plate Jn. Louis Argand and Bouvier on the case. DIAM. 50 mm. Guillaume Bouvier is recorded as working in Paris circa 1740, being one of a family specialising in the enamelling of watch cases and working in both France and Switzerland. A small group of watch cases bearing his signature are recorded and at least one signed plaque (see Sotheby's London, 19th March 1973, lot 268). It is usual for this technique of overlaying gold on enamel to be attnbuted to the Fromery workshops in Berlin, but the existance of many 'German enamel boxes with French mounts would indicate that there was a flourishing production in Paris as well. This particular example is of exceptional quality and in outstanding condition. Provenance: Demidoff Collection The present lot was previously sold by Neumarkt on October 8, 1971 To be sold without reserve

LOT 154

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

SALLMON LONDON SALLMON LONDON,Gold and bloodstone pair cased repeating, Number 740. Made circa 1750. Very fine and important 22K gold repoussé, bloodstone, quarter repeating pocket watch.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Double body, Louis XV, fully pierced and engraved with rococo foliage and bloodstone decoration,chased and repoussé bezel with four smaller bloodstone cartouches.Inner two-body bassine with split bezel, pierced and engraved with inhabited foliage, shuttered winding aperture. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and outermost Arabic five minute numerals. Blued steel "Beetle and Poker" hands. 29.3 mm., gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring, gilt brass one-footed English cock, pierced and engraved with asymmetrical foliage, rack and pinion regulator with silver dial.Repeating on a bell by depressing the pendant, silvered dust cap.

Grading System: AA

CHF 6,000 - 8000

HKD 48,000 - 56000

USD 6,000 - 8000

Sold: CHF 8,750

Signed on the dial and back plate. DIAM. 48 MM. The present lot was previously sold by Sotheby on May 22, 1968 To be sold without reserve

LOT 155

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

JULIEN LEROY CHERUBS Julien LeRoy in Paris, porcelain case circa 1750. Fine painted on porcelain watch with gold frame .

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Two-body, "Louis XV", back painted mostly in white, with two cherubs seated on clouds and with tethered bird. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute ring with five-minute Arabic figures, winding aperture between 3 and 4 o'clock. Gold "Louis XV" hands. 33 mm., hinged, gilt brass full plate with pentagonal baluster pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain steel tree-arm balance, flat balance spring, continental cock, polished steel endplate.

Grading System: AA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

HKD 40,000 - 56000

USD 5,000 - 7000

Sold: CHF 6,875

Signed on the movement. DIAM. 50 MM. The present lot was previously sold by Sotheby on November 13, 1967 To be sold without reserve

LOT 156

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

PETER CHAPEAU,LONDON. Gold ,agate and diamonds pair cased, Number 296. Made circa 1750. Very fine and important 22K gold repoussé, agate and diamonds pocket watch.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Double body, chased repousse rococo gold decoration, six translucent agate panels with a star design on the center, 12 smalls diamonds and a large diamond in the center, bezel set with 6 panels of translucent striated agate over foiled metal. Inner: two-body, "bassine", polished, shuttered winding aperture. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track and outermost Arabic five minute numerals. Blued steel "Beetle and Poker" hands. 32 mm., gilt brass full plate with Egyptian pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, flat balance spring, gilt brass one-footed English cock, pierced and engraved with asymmetrical foliage, rack and pinion regulator with silver dial.

Grading System: AA

CHF 5,000 - 7000

HKD 40,000 - 56000

USD 5,000 - 7000

Sold: CHF 13,125

Signed and numbered on the dial and back plate . DIAM. 48 mm. Provenance: Sothebys London, May 22nd, 1967. To be sold without reserve

LOT 157

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

L'ESPOIR DE TA FIDELITE FAIT MA SEULE FELICITE Attributed to James Cox, London, circa 1770-1780. Extremely fine and rare, gold, moss-agate and enamel, nécessaire for lady.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Rectangular-shaped, mounted in a cage-work of gold chases with scrolls, flowers, shells and exotic birds, with a band of opaque white enamel around the rim of the lid bearing the inscription in gold "L'ESPOIR DE TA FIDELITE FAIT MA SEULE FELICITE"; a diamond thumb-piece serves to open the steel sprung catch; the inferior of the nécessaire is contain ivory tablets held by a rivet, two glass scent bottles with gold covers, a combined nail- file and tweezers, a gold handle with detachable steel corkscrew and spike, a pencil, a spoon, a combined ear- and toothpick, and a gold mounted ble glass mirror case which is gilt in the manner of London workshop of James Gilles; a space remains for a penknife which is now missing; je interior of the lid set with a mirror.

Grading System:

CHF 15,000 - 25000

HKD 120,000 - 200000

USD 15,000 - 25000

Sold: CHF 25,000

DIM. 5,9 x 5,1 x 4,6 cm. Provenance The Maud Feller Collection (Inv. K167D). Note Several nécessaire of this form, which have characteristics close enough to allow them to be considered the products of a single workshop, are known. Several examples have passed through the major auctions companies, some fitted with watch or musical movements signed by the famous James Cox of London, who often produced for the trade markets. Museum as the Louvre in Paris, the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva kept examples of this maker in their collection. James Cox (c.1723-1800), London Was the son of Henry Cox, a tailor. He became Free in 1745. In June 1745 he set up shop in Racquet Court, where he remained until 1756. In 1756, Cox entered into partnership with Edward Grace, moving to larger premises in Shoe Lane. However, Cox & Grace declared bankruptcy in November 1758. During the 1760s and early 1770s Cox became famous for luxurious musical and automaton clocks and watches, made of precious metals and studded with precious stones, destined particularly for the court of the Chinese Emperor James Cox died in Watford in early 1800 and was buried in the family vault in London's Bunhill Fields on February 26 of that year. Bibliography Le Corbeiller, Clare, "James Cox. A biographical Review", in Burlington Magazine, vol. 112, June 1970, May-August 1970, pp. 351-358. Smith, Roger, "James Cox (c.1723-1800), A revised biography", in Burlington Magazine, June 2000. Moss Agate Agate, a variety of quartz, was often used by the engravers of antiquity. It was called achates, after a river in modern-day Sicily, on whose banks it was found. The name was used for stones of various colours, and to further distinguish them, the words leucachates, cerachates or hoemachates were used, depending on whether they were white, wax-coloured or red. The stones called dendrachates were those with patterns resembling herbs or trees: thus the name dentritic agate. Certain of these agates appear to contain moss: there are sometimes called moss agates or pierres de mocha in French (from the Saxon moch, meaning moss). Lastly, those stones called agates figurées in French feature unusual images. To be sold without reserve

LOT 158

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES COX, GOLD AND ENAMEL NECESSAIRE Attributed to James Cox, London, circa 1760-1770. Magnificent, important and extremely rare, George III, gold and enamel, nécessaire à écrire (writing case), made for the Chinese market.

In the form of an upright cabinet on stand, mounted in a cage-work of gold chased and repoussé-technique; the front and back with double doors of repoussé panels enamelled at the centre with sprays of Royal blue basse-taille flowers against guilloché engine-turned backgrounds; the front opening to reveal five graduated drawers; the gold fronts repoussé with rococo scrolls and flowers and applied with gold handles; the inside back with a verre églomisé glass painting of a gallant and a lady seated under a tree beside a country house in a landscape setting and the interiors of the doors inset with mirrors; the hinged pagoda top revealing a compartment for seven writing implements, the exterior decorated with small shaped vignettes of flowers in Royal blue basse-taille enamel interspersed with engraved panels of clematis; the corners of the cabinet applied with gold triple columns chased with foliate capitals and surmounted with pyramidal spires terminating in pineapple flambeaux, on four elaborate rocaille gold bracket feet. The interior of the nécessaire à écrire is contain: a glass-bottle for ink with gold cover (glass lacking), a pierre d'aimant (magnetic stone) with gold cover, a removable gold pen-holder and pencil (in two parts), and, four gold quill ink dip pen.

Grading System:

CHF 40,000 - 60000

HKD 320,000 - 480000

USD 40,000 - 60000

Sold: CHF 93,750

DIM. 22,5 x 9,5 x 7,5 cm. Provenance Sotheby's, auction, December 10 1973 Luxury nécessaire à écrire (writing case) of this form is extremely rare; to the best of our knowledge is the only one known today. It was probably intended for a high-ranking personality. These nécessaires are generally attributed to the workshops of the famous James Cox of London, who often worked for export markets The nécessaire without or with timepiece and music is a good example of objects exported to the Far East from England during the second half of the 18th century. The difficulty of finding acceptable goods with which to trade with China, and the Chinese Imperial fascination with complicated automaton clocks, stimulated English watch- and clockmakers to produce many imaginative créations. Verre Eglomisé is a French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. The name is derived from the 18th-century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy (1711-1786), who was responsible for its revival. James Cox (c.1723-1800), London Was the son of Henry Cox, a tailor. He became Free in 1745. In June 1745 he set up shop in Racquet Court, where he remained until 1756. In 1756, Cox entered into partnership with Edward Grace, moving to larger premises in Shoe Lane. However, Cox & Grace declared bankruptcy in November 1758. During the 1760s and early 1770s Cox became famous for luxurious musical and automaton clocks and watches, made of precious metals and studded with precious stones, destined particularly for the court of the Chinese Emperor James Cox died in Watford in early 1800 and was buried in the family vault in London's Bunhill Fields on February 26 of that year. Bibliography Le Corbeiller, Clare, "James Cox. A biographical Review", in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 112, June 1970, May-August 1970, pp. 351-358. Smith, Roger, "James Cox (c.1723-1800), A revised biography", in The Burlington Magazine, June 2000. White, Ian, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets, Great Britain, 2012, Chapters 5-7, pp. 94-207. Long version James Cox (c.1723-1800), London Born in London around 1723, he was the son of Henry Cox, a tailor. He became Free in 1745, at which time he was described as a goldsmith. Cox also called himself a "jeweller". In December 1745, Cox married Elizabeth Liron. In June of that same year he had set up shop in Racquet Court, where he remained until 1756. An elaborate trade card has survived from this period; with a text in English, French, and German, it offers a "Great Variety of Curious Work in Gold, Silver, and other Metalls: also in Amber, Pearl, Tortoiseshell and Curious Stones". In 1756 Cox entered into a partnership with Edward Grace and moved to larger premises in Shoe Lane. However, Cox & Grace declared bankruptcy in November 1758. The list of Cox and Grace's stock, which was advertised for sale in 1760, was said to comprise "things in the jeweling and toy business suitable both for foreign and home trade". The Cox & Grace bankruptcy did not stop Cox from advancing; on the contrary, he retained the premises in Shoe Lane and continued working. In July 1763, his bankruptcy proceedings terminated with his discharge. It was during the 1760s and early 1770s that Cox became famous for a very specific genre: elaborate and luxurious musical and automaton clocks and watches, made of precious metals and studded with precious stones, destined particularly for the Ottoman, Indian and Chinese empires, and especially for the court of the Chinese Emperor himself. The first record of such activity on Cox's part is a "notice of two curious Clocks" which appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine of December 1766. During this period, and until 1773, Cox's chief "mechanic" was a brilliant Belgian, John Joseph Merlin (1735- 1803). Merlin is generally considered to have been Cox's "right-hand man", and any pieces signed by Cox which can be securely dated to before 1773, may have been designed or even made by Merlin. Later, many clock, watch, and singing bird movements were made for Cox by the Jaquet Droz firm. Cox earned great renown through the Museum he maintained in London's Spring Gardens from 1772 to 1775. It was a lavish venue draped with crimson curtains, whose ceilings were decorated with "chiaroscuro paintings of the liberal arts", by a "celebrated artist" of the day, probably Angelica Kauffmann. In 1769, Cox purchased the Chelsea Porcelain Works, intending perhaps to further diversify his trade it has been suggested that he planned to collaborate with Matthew Boulton in the making of ormolu-mounted porcelain vases. However, for reasons that remain unknown but may have to do with Cox' s persistently precarious financial situation, the porcelain works were sold again only five months later. Both profits and demand continued to decline, and Cox soon found himself in difficult financial straits, with insufficient cash at hand, and a large stock in which he had invested hugely. To remedy this situation, Cox held two sales of items from his stock at Christie's, in July and December 1772.In addition, early that same year he had opened his mechanical museum in the Great Room at Spring Gardens. For the three years of its existence, "Cox's Museum" - with its astonishingly high entrance fee of half a guinea - was the talk of London. James Boswell, who went to see it in April 1774 at the insistence of Dr Johnson, found it "a very fine exhibition" for "power of mechanism and splendour of show", while Fanny Burney considered it impressive but somewhat shallow. The firm of Cox & Son vacated a portion of the Shoe Lane premises in 1794 and gave up their main shop in 1797. James Cox died in Watford in early 1800 and was buried in the family vault in London's Bunhill Fields on February 26 of that year. Bibliography Le Corbeiller, Clare, "James Cox. A biographical Review", in The Burlington Magazine, vol. 112, June 1970, May-August 1970, pp. 351-358. Smith, Roger, "James Cox (c.1723-1800), A revised biography", in The Burlington Magazine, June 2000. White, Ian, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets, Great Britain, 2012, Chapters 5-7, pp. 94-207.

LOT 159

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

GOGEL & OLIVET - GOLD & ENAMEL PURSE WATCH Gogel & Olivet, Genève. No. 6934. Made circa 1850.. Fine and rare, lady's gold purse watch with Geneva painted on enamel landscape and concealed watch.

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Two-body silk lined purse with enamel foliate and floral engraving, hinged and sprung oval cover concealing the dial set with a finely painted on enamel panel depicting a family walking next to a donkey aside Lake Geneva. Hinged gold cuvette. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track. Steel Breguet hands. 29 mm., matte gilt, bar caliber, 8 jewels, cylinder escapement, three-arm gilt balance, flat balance spring, index regulator. Cuvette signed.

Grading System: AA

CHF 7,000 - 9000

HKD 56,000 - 72000

USD 7,000 - 9000

Sold: CHF 11,250

DIM. 80 x 55 mm. Provenance: Galerie Neumarkt, Zurich, June 1st, 1972 To be sold without reserve

LOT 160

Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Geneva, May 14, 2017

FABERGE, MARIA ALEXANDROWNA LORGNETTE Faberge, St. Petersburg, with punchmark AH (August Holmstrom). Made for the Russian market, circa 1850. Very fine 18 ct. gold and diamond lorgnette.

Multi-part, with engraved floral decoration on engineturned ground, sprung lorgnette, with diamond-set crown and initial MA.

Grading System:

CHF 20,000 - 40000

HKD 160,000 - 320000

USD 20,000 - 40000

Sold: CHF 25,000

Signed case. DIM. 133 mm. Provenance: Gallerie Koller, November 15th 1968. Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (8 August 1824 - 3 June 1880) was, under the name Maria Alexandrovna (Russian: ..... .............), Empress of Russia as the first wife of Emperor Alexander II, having been born a German princess.