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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, November 12, 2017

LOT 547

ARGAND ENAMEL POCKET WATCH Very fine and rare gold and enamel pocket watch.

Brand Jean Louis Argand

Year Circa 1740

Numbers Movement N. 3887

Dimensions 50 mm.

Signed on the back plate Jn. Louis Argand and Bouvier on the case.

CHF 7,000 - 12,000

HKD 56,000 - 96,000 / USD 7,000 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 4,000


Grading System
Grade: Logo grading

Exceptional

Case: 3-13

Good

Slightly damaged

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-72-01

Good

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Chipped winding aperture

HANDS Original


Notes

Guillaume Bouvier is recorded as working in Paris circa 1740, being one of a family specialising in the enamelling of watch cases and working in both France and Switzerland. A small group of watch cases bearing his signature are recorded and at least one signed plaque (see Sotheby's London, 19th March 1973, lot 268). It is usual for this technique of overlaying gold on enamel to be attnbuted to the Fromery workshops in Berlin, but the existance of many 'German enamel boxes with French mounts would indicate that there was a flourishing production in Paris as well. This particular example is of exceptional quality and in outstanding condition. Provenance: Demidoff Collection The present lot was previously sold by Neumarkt on October 8, 1971 To be sold without reserve