Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces...

Hong Kong, Dec 05, 2021

LOT 19

Decorative pocket watch; yellow gold and enamel

HKD 15,000 - 40,000

EUR 1,700 - 4,500 / CHF 1,800 - 4,800 / USD 1,950 - 5,200

Sold: HKD 18,750

Yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” pocket watch.
Case-back with a scene showing a couple of young people, the young man in Turkish dress, the young woman dressed in white and covering herself with a blue coat; the painting on enamel on gold attributable to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva; bezels, pendant and bow with a décor of gold paillons.
White enamel dial with suspended Arabic numerals; yellow gold “Poker & Beetle” hands.
18’’’, 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: AA

Very good

Case: 3-14-74



ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Slightly restored hard enamel

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Breguet, Paris

Model (apocryphal signature) Made in Geneva

Year Circa 1790-1800

Diameter 51.2 mm

Caliber 18’’’, fusee and chain, verge escapement

Weight 72 gr. (approx.)

Signature Dial and Movement


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.