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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Hong Kong, October 27, 2018

LOT 333

LEO JUVET "CHINESE" WATCH WITH INDIAN HUNTING SCENE, GILDED SILVER

Gilded silver, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch with centre-seconds, made for the Chinese market. The scene painting on enamel on silver - attributable to Pierre-Amédée Champod (1834-1913) - showing a tiger attacking a Hindu gentleman and a lady in a high upon elephant.

Brand Leo Juvet

Year circa 1870-1880

Caliber 21''' gilded brass, engraved Chinese-style, with going barrel, duplex escapement and blued-steel wings balance

Accessories Léo Juvet, Shangai, winding-key

Dimensions Ø 57 mm.

HKD 200,000 - 280,000

CHF 25,000 - 35,000 / USD 25,650 - 35,900

Sold: HKD 275,000


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3-6

Good

Slightly oxidized

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

This watch is an excellent example illustrating the popularity of Indian scenes in China, where the elephant is a symbol of wisdom and of moral and spiritual strength. A similar watch decorated with a tiger fighting an elephant is illustrated by Alfred Chapuis in his book "La Montre Chinoise" (Neuchâtel, 1919, colour pl. following p. 192), strongly suggesting that the enamel of this watch was painted by Pierre-Amédée Champod (1834-1913), swiss painter on enamel. Champod, Pierre-Amédée (1834-1913) Along with John Graff, Amédée Champod was one of the most celebrated enamel painters of the second part of the 19th century and early 20th century, specialising in hunting scenes. In his autobiography (which has been preserved by his descendants), he writes that he wanted to be a painter of large format scenes, but that economic realities led him to painting on enamel. He studied with Huguenin, Sauerländer and Charles Glardon, who had the strongest impact on his future style. Champod dropped out of school at eleven and at sixteen began working. At the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900, Champod received a silver medal. His technique was outstanding, the sense of dynamics in his compositions was unrivalled.