The Sandberg Watch Collection

Hotel Richemond, Geneva, Mar 31, 2001


La Petite Sainte Famillefratres Huaud pinxerunt, Geneva, circa 1700, movement by William Webster, London, No. 2354, circa 1740.Very fine 22 ct. gold and painted on enamel diamond-set watch with outer protective case.

CHF 30,000 - 40,000

USD 18,000 - 24,000

Sold: CHF 57,500

C. Outer: two-body, gilt brass and sharkskin, glazed. Inner: two-body, 'bassine', entirely enamel painted, the back with the Virgin Mary, Jesus, Saint John and his mother Elizabeth, from an engraving by Corneles Galle II after Jean Le Blond. The enamel inside shows a couple walking along a riverbank with a town in the background. The band is painted with four rural scenes within elaborate vignettes joined by yellow ribbons. In a small yellow cartouche at the base is an example of the more unusuasignatures employed by Jean-Pierre and Amy Huaud. Diamond-set bezel and bow, pendant set with a good-sized diamond. D. White enamel, Roman chapters, outer minute ring and five-minute Arabic numerals. Diamond-set, early style 'Louis XV' hands. M. Made specially for the case, 35.8 mm o, hinged gilt brass full plate with square baluster pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain three-arm brass balance with flat spring, English cock, pierced and engraved with asymmetrical scrolling foliageshell at the base, diamond endstone.Signed on the case, movement signed and numbered.Diam. inner: 43 mm, outer: 50 mm. Published in the Sandberg book, page 114-115.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2 - 01


Webster Williama maker of great repute, apprentice and journeyman of Thomas Tompion, known for his excellent workmanship. Webster must have been very closely connected with Tompion, for the only early reference to Tompion's death was Webster's note in the London Gazette on November 24, 1713. In 1734 he was elected Junior Warden of the Clockmakers Company. He died in 1734 and the business was carried on by the equally respected William Webster II.It was a common practice in the eighteenth century to replace the movement in a particularly expensive or beautiful watch case, in order to take advantage of technological advances in horology. Examples can be found in numerous museums and private collections.See lot 264 for a discussion of the replacement of movements in important 17th century cases.