Hong Kong, May 29, 2022

LOT 374

Art Deco eight-day going“Chinoiserie”-style desk-clock; silver, gilded brass and enamel

HKD 41,500 - 67,000

EUR 5,000 - 8,000 / CHF 5,300 - 8,400 / USD 5,300 - 8,500


Sold: HKD 50,000

Silver, gilded brass and polychrome “champlevé” enamel imitating the “cloisonné”-work, keyless-winding, vertical rectangular-shape, eight-day going, Art Deco “Chinoiserie”-style (Chinese inspiration) desk-clock.
Cabinet with floral oriental inspiration décor; in the centre of the front face, an oval panel with miniature showing a Chinese dignitary and the sentence “I wish you a long, long life” (on the left) and “May all your dreams come true” (on the right); mounted on a gilded brass Chinese-stylised easel.

Gold colour dial with Chinese characters; blued steel “Breguet” hands.

Movement 19’’’, ¾ plate, gilded brass, large going barrel, additional eight-day going wheel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-6


Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Jacot-Guillarmod, Geneva

Year circa 1920

Movement No. 123 396

Case No. 3 672

Material silver, gilded brass and enamel

Caliber 19’’’, lever escapement

Height 115 mm.

Width 60.9 mm.

Thickness 19 mm.

Weight 338.6 gr. (approx.)

Signature case (master hallmark)



“Chinoiserie” art already in 18th century Europe modelled itself on Chinese works of art and was immensely popular at the time. The enthusiasm for all things Chinese was fed by an interest in exotic and unusual cultures as well as the illusion of a gigantic peaceful empire where even the lower classes occupied themselves with literature and philosophy.


Décor, design & industrie: les arts appliqués à Genève, Geneva, Editions du Musée d’art et d’histoire – Paris, Editions Samogy, 2010, pp. 203, 258-259.