Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021
Decorative pocket watch; enamel in the manner of Jean-Louis Richter; yellow gold and enamel
Yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” pocket watch.
Case-back painted on enamel on gold by an unidentified Genevan workshop, showing a young loving couple, on a royal blue flinqué enamel (translucent enamel over guilloché engine-turning); the painting on enamel on gold attributable to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva.
Movement 17’’’, full plate, gilded brass, fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock.
Brand Amalric Père & Fils, Paris
Year circa 1790
Movement No. 15 307
Case No. 15 307 (by “C F”, Geneva)
Material yellow gold and enamel
Diameter 49 mm.
Caliber 17’’’, fusee and chain, verge escapement
Signature dial and movement
HKD 23,500 - 47,000
CHF 2,800 - 5,500 / EUR 2,500 - 5,000 / USD 3,100 - 6,100
Sold: HKD 30,000
Movement: 3 *
Geneva, July 30, 1730 - Geneva, February 13, 1799
Abraham Amalric is the son of Jean-Abraham Amalric (1697-1768), from Morges (canton of Vaud), Regent of Writing, and Antoinette Combe (1698-1768).
A native of Geneva, he was received Bourgeois on July 6, 1770.
Abraham Amalric married Renée-Philippine Gandoz (or Gando; 1733-1799); the couple had eleven children, nine of whom reached adulthood :
· Ami (1756-1800), watchmaker; dies in Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany).
· Antoinette-Jeanne (1757-?), who marries Jean Gros (?-?), maker of watch-cases; dies in Spain.
· Jean-Louis (1760-1837), watchmaker and tobacco merchant.
· David (1761-?); dies in Genoa (Liguria, Italy).
· Judith (1765-1843), who marries Paul-Jean Dunant (1760-?), watchmaker.
· David (1767-1827); watch merchant.
· Etiennette (1769-1838).
· Marie-Jacqueline (1772-1851).
· Louise-Isaline (1777-1852).
Abraham Amalric is a master watchmaker and watch and jewellery merchant. In 1767, he apprenticed Jules-Louis-Aimé Audéoud, son of André Audéoud.
Abraham Amalric is, between 1775 and 1784, associated with the Wiss brothers, Pierre-Isaac Wiss and Jacob Wiss. He then worked with two of his sons, Jean-Louis and David under the name “Amalric Père & Fils”. He died at the age of 68.
One of Abraham’s brothers, Pierre-Benjamin Amalric (1732-1796), was a watchmaker (died in Marseille, France), as was his son Jean-Abraham Amalric (1759-1842).
The production of these watchmakers was typical of that of their competitors in the Genevan fabrique at the time: simple watches, watches with quarter-repeater, watches of fantasy, mainly in gold and enamel.