Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 14, 2017

LOT 213

BARRAUD'S SUMMER BOUQUET ENAMEL AND PEARL-SET GOLD Barrauds, Cornhill, London, No. 9904. Made for the Chinese market, the case with London hallmarks for 1813-14. Very rare and fine, large, 18K gold painted on enamel, pearl-set pocket watch.

CHF 20,000 - 30,000

HKD 160,000 - 240,000 / USD 20,000 - 30,000

Sold: CHF 50,000

Three-body, "Empire" with fixed cuvette, flat reeded band, split pearl-set bezels pendant and bow, the spring-loaded back opened by a push-piece in the pendant and painted on enamel with a fine bouquet of flowers and foliage against a translucent red enamel background over wavy-line engine- turning, the scalloped border decorated in champlevé enamel. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, large subsidiary seconds. Gold "spade" hands. 47mm. hinged, full-plate, gilt, going barrel, ringed cylindrical pillars, cylinder escapement with steel escape wheel, brass four-arm balance, flat balance spring with Joseph Bosley patented regulator, gilded cock pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage. Gilded dust-cap with finely engraved foliate border. Movement signed by the retailer Just and Son.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-24


Slightly chipped

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


DIAM. 60 mm. The present lot was previously sold by Neumarkt on October 8, 1971. Barrauds The first watchmaker of the family was Francis-Gabriel (1727-1795). His sons Paul- Philippe (1752-1820) and John (dates unknown) were working with their father by 1780. In 1796 he entered into a partnership with William Howells and George Jamison, to make chronometers based on Mudge's original design. Howells, who had been Mudge's junior worker, brought with him important technical knowledge. Alongside Barraud's production of chronometers, a range of other clocks and watches were produced, and a major business was the exportation of plain and musical clocks to China and India. This was continued by their successors and eventually led to the establishment of a branch in Calcutta. In 1838 the Chronometer maker John Richard Lund was taken into partnership, and with the death of the last horological Barraud, Hilton Paul, in 1880, the business reverted entirely to the Lund family.