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Geneva, Sep 22, 2021

LOT 17

Breguet
Decorative pocket watch; yellow gold and enamel

CHF 2,000 - 4,000

EUR 1,850 - 3,700 / USD 2,200 - 4,400 / HKD 17,100 - 34,100

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: CHF 2,125

Yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” pocket watch.

Case-back showing a mythological allegory, most probably Minerva (or Athena), helmeted, with her lance and shield; the painting on enamel on gold attributable under reserve to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva; the border with geometrical paillon decoration.

White enamel dial with suspended Arabic numerals; yellow gold pierced hands.

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


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Grading System
Grade: A

Good

Case: 3-77

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Restored soft enamel

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-72-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Chipped winding aperture

HANDS Original

Brand Breguet, probably made in Geneva

Model apocryphal signature (not Abraham-Louis Breguet)

Year circa 1790

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered

Material yellow gold and enamel

Diameter 51.9 mm.

Caliber 19’’’, fusee and chain, verge escapement

Weight 73.6 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial and movement

Biography

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 speciality was the painting of landscapes and 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 in 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.

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