The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001

LOT 120

Paris abducting HelenDaniel Moilliet, à Genève, enamel painting attributed to J-L. Richter, circa 1790.Very fine, 18 ct. gold and enamel, pearl-set slim watch with centre seconds and visible diamond-set balance.

CHF 8,000 - 10,000

USD 5,000 - 6,000

Sold: CHF 14,950

C. Two-body, 'Directoire', painted scene depicting Paris and Helen in a classical garden, taken from an engraving after a painting by Guido Reni (1575-1642), set against imperial blue translucent enamel over sunburst engine-turning decorated with the Temple of Venus and an urn in paillons and half pearls, bezel set with half pearls, pendant in champlevé enamel. D. White enamel, eccentric Arabic hour numerals set in the lower part with outer minute dot divisions, at the top, aperture for diamond-et six-armed balance oscillating against a mirror-polished steel plate, outer ring painted with quarter second divisions with fifteen second Arabic numerals. Gold 'beetle' hands. M. 44.1 mm o, hinged, gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fixed barrel, cylinder escapement, brass escape wheel, six-arm plain balance set with rose-cut diamonds, flat balance spring,.Signed on the movement.Diam. 54 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 162-163.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3 - 01


Richter Jean LouisFor a biography, see lot 47.Paris and HelenSee lot 9 for discussion about Paris and Helen.Moilliet Daniel (1721-1803)The son of Abraham, he was a master clockmaker and seller, making watches with enamelled cases, decorated with pearls and precious and semi-precious stones, repeating, and calendar watches. Worked with Moulinié.'Dictionnaire des horlogers genevois', Osvaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum Editions, Geneva, 1998.