Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 11, 2019

LOT 27

Charles Cabrier

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

HKD 56,000 - 72,000 / USD 7,000 - 9,000

Sold: CHF 31,250

Very fine and magnificent, object-watch in the shape of an inkstand; yellow gold and black crystal agate

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3


Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Charles Cabrier

Year Circa 1760-1770

Movement No.  7 682

Calibre  15’’’, full plate, gilded brass, with fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental cock with the head of a warrior

Case No.  7 682

Material Yellow gold and black crystal agate

Dimensions 65.2 x 44.3 x 45.6 mm

Signature Dial and Movement.


Yellow gold and black crystal agate, George III, object-watch in the shape of a concave corner square inkstand. Cabinet mounted in a cage-work of gold chases with scrolls and garland of flowers and black crystal agate panels; the top of the lid with a small nipple; the whole rests on a base formed of four sphinxes; dial with burgundy roman numbers. Museums as the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva and the Museum of the Forbidden City in Beijing kept examples of this type of watch-object in their collection; the last proving that this type of object was also made for the Chinese market. Charles Cabrier, the father, was admitted into the Clockmakers Company in February 1697-1698 as a “Freeman” by redemption. In 1717, he took his son, Charles Cabrier Junior, as apprentice, freeing him in 1726. Baillie lists Cabrier in Lombard Street. In 1730, a Cabrier is mentioned at the Dial, Tokenhouse Yard, in the parish of St. Margaret Lothbury. Charles Cabrier Junior, became an eminent maker and in 1757 he was elected Master of the Clockmakers Company. His watches are in many museums, including the British Museum and the Guildhall Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, etc. Both Cabriers had strong ties with continental watchmakers, among others with “Cabriere” in Amsterdam. The son of Charles Cabrier Junior, also named Charles, became an eminent watchmaker in his own right, which sometimes leads to difficulties in attribution.