Important Watches, Wristwatches and c...
Geneva, Apr 20, 1996
Piguet Meylan and Frederic Rochat, Geneve, No. 581, music attributed to Nicole Freres No. 634, completed circa 1828. Very fine and extremely rare, bronzed and ormolu, hour and half hour striking, musical clock with singing bird and automata.
C. Designed as Medicis vase, the movement set in the bronzed body, with foliate gilt bronze bezel, applied ribbons and acanthus decoration, "eggs and dots" on the collar border, musical movement in the oval mahogany veneered base with glass dome protection. Automaton scene with multi-coloured feathered bird with moving, body, wings, tail, opening beak and turning head, perched on the fountain and flanked by realistic compositions of potted flowers and foliage, on the foreground, a boy and a girl, perched on a gilt see-saw, are playing with a paper-kite. D. White enamel with Roman numerals. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. Brass circular, mouvement de Paris type by Honore Pons (Paris) No. 1089, with going barrel both for the going and the striking trains, anchor escapement, short pendulum with silk suspension. Striking on a bell with count wheel on the back plate. Brass full plate singing bird and automaton movement with fusee and chain, stacked cams, fly regulator and shaped bellow for the bird, the three twisted glass rods of the fountains driven by a right angle gearing and the see-saw by means of a cam and levers. Musical movement of three different tunes in the base with going barrel, fly regulator, 23.5 cm. pin-cylinder with comb of 32 groups of four teeth and one of five. Signed Meylan and Frederic Rochat, Geneve, No. 581 on the singing bird and automaton movement, Pons' trade mark on the clock movement back plate with No. 1089. Dim. 64 x 40 x 19 cm., excluding the glass dome. Estimate: SFr.