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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, Nov 11, 2018

LOT 481

THE CHERUB MUSICIANS

A fine and rare, large, minute-repeating, 14k gold, hunting case with painted enamel pocket watch with automaton jacks with three actions and a very unusual feature being the cherub to the left of the dial that rises and falls upon activation of the repeating.

Brand C. Barbezat-Baillot

Year Circa 1890

Numbers Case N. 36949

Caliber 20'''

Dimensions 57 mm.

Signature Case numbered.

CHF 15,000 - 25,000

HKD 120,000 - 200,000 / USD 15,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 20,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

The watch presented here is of an extremely rare type. In fact, watches with quarter- and minute-repeater, with Jacquemarts (jacks), are not common at the end of the 19th century. This model is even rarer because it is fitted with an automaton - a cherub - which when the striking is activated and goes up and down along a column. The idea was not new then; at the beginning of the 19th century, there are a few rare pieces striking on request on the quarters where two little cherubs go up and down along two columns when the strike device is activated (see for example: Antiquorum, Geneva, October 13, 2001, lot 593, sold for the amount of CHF 23 000.; former Ruscitti Collection, No. 58). Dating from the very end of the 19th century, only a few rare pieces are listed today, with a cherub going up and down along a column on the left of the dial (see for example: Unsigned, No. 12 652, with minute-repeater by three hammers on three gongs; Antiquorum, Geneva, March 11, 2012, lot 369, sold for the amount of CHF 43 750.-;Sotheby's, Hong Kong, April 7, 2013, lot 2,457, sold for the amount of HKD 275 000.-). The repeater watches with automata of the Belle Epoque