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LOT 127  Geneva, 14th November 2009

Summer Bouquet Just & Son, London, No. 2170. Made for the Chinese market, circa 1860. Very fine, 18K gold, painted on enamel and pearlset center-seconds pocket watch with duplex escapement.

C. Two-body, the back finely painted on enamel with a bouquet of early summer flowers including peonies, tulips and chrysanthemums against a translucent green guilloché enamel ground, the bezels, pendant, and bow set with split pearls, engraved band. Gold cuvette hinged to the movement ring, with engraved border. D. Convex white enamel, radial narrow Roman numerals, outer minute/ seconds divisions with fifteen-minute/seconds Arabic numerals. Gold ovoid hands. M. 48 mm, gilt Chinese caliber fully engraved, standing barrel, jeweled duplex escapement, three-arm steel balance with blued steel segments, blued steel flat balance-spring, diamond endstone, index regulator. Movement signed. Diam. 59 mm.

C. Two-body, the back finely painted on enamel with a bouquet of early summer flowers including peonies, tulips and chrysanthemums against a translucent green guilloché enamel ground, the bezels, pendant, and bow set with split pearls, engraved band. Gold cuvette hinged to the movement ring, with engraved border.
D. Convex white enamel, radial narrow Roman numerals, outer minute/ seconds divisions with fifteen-minute/seconds Arabic numerals. Gold ovoid hands.
M. 48 mm, gilt Chinese caliber fully engraved, standing barrel, jeweled duplex escapement, three-arm steel balance with blued steel segments, blued steel flat balance-spring, diamond endstone, index regulator. Movement signed. Diam. 59 mm.

CHF 30,000 - 40,000

USD 30,000 - 40,000 / EUR 20,000 - 27,000

Sold: CHF 55,200


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Notes

Flowers have great symbolic importance for the Chinese. By their form, aspect, and fragrance, they are considered to be highly spiritual, reflecting the profound nature of the Chinese people. Poems and proverbs show the cultural importance of flowers: “There is no flower without beauty in the world”; “A flower gives us a glimpse of paradise”. Certain flowers have a particular significance. The lotus symbolizes purity, the chrysanthemum perseverance, the plum blossom integrity, etc. The peony, with its generous forms, brilliant colors, and heady fragrance, became the most important flower for the Chinese. It is considered to symbolize wealth, nobility, power, and happiness. Known as the “queen of flowers”, the peony symbolizes wealth and distinction. Paintings of flowers are often hung in Chinese homes for good luck and in offices to bring success in business. The deep and rich symbolism the Chinese attached to flowers made them an ideal subject for expensive watches and those destined for exalted patrons, even for the Emperor himself. The symbolism of each flower would have been immediately recognized and appreciated by China's elite, who would have seen in them a flattering reference to their own wealth and power.