Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 19, 2022

LOT 51


EUR 2,500 - 5,000

USD 2,700 - 5,300 / HKD 20,700 - 41,400 / CHF 2,600 - 5,100

Sold: EUR 3,120

Impressive gilded brass and silver, keyless-winding, vertical rectangular-shape, large and heavy 8-day going mantel-clock.

The front of the cabinet shows the dial in the centre, surrounded by eight silver plates engraved with scenes from the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695), a French poet of great renown, mainly for his Fables, one of the greatest masterpieces of French literature, and to a lesser extent for his tales.

From left to right and top to bottom:
1) The Two Pigeons (2nd fable from Book IX; 2nd collection, 1678)
2) The Raven and the Fox (2nd fable from Book I; 1st collection, 1668)
3) The Animals Sick of the Plague (1st fable from Book VII; 2nd collection, 1678)
4) The Cicada and the Ant (1st fable of Book I; 1st collection, 1668)
The Dial
5) The Lion and the Rat (11th fable of Book II; 1st collection, 1668)
6) The Fox and the Stork (18th fable of Book I; 1st collection, 1668)
7) The Hare and the Tortoise (10th fable from Book VI; 1st collection, 1668)
8) The Wolf and the Lamb (10th fable of Book I; 1st collection, 1668)

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Gübelin, Luzern / Lucerne

Model “Les Fables de La Fontaine”

Year circa 1960-1970

Movement No. 3 192

Material gilded brass and silver

Caliber 36’’’, with platform escapement, straight-line lever escapement

Dimensions 35.8 x 34 x 16.5 cm. (clock)

Height 35.8 cm.

Width 34 cm.

Thickness 16.5 cm.

Weight 12.1 kg. (approx.; 15.5 kg., including the fitted box)

Signature dial and movement

Accessories original fitted box (41.5 x 39.5 x 22.5 cm.)