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Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 11, 2012

LOT 293

WATCH WITH CONCEALED EROTIC SCENE Attributed to Girardier l'Aîné, Paris. Made circa 1810. Fine and very unusual silver pocket watch with a concealed painted on enamel erotic scene.

C. Three-body, "Empire", foliate engraved bezel, faceted band, the back engraved with a lakeside scene within a foliate engraved border. D. Small eccentric enamel with Breguet numerals, gilt brass dial plate chased with foliate decoration, Cupid and a tazza of grapes on oval small silver panels on each side of the dial and above a circular silver panel chased with a scene of cupid and a dog by an urn on a pedestal, opening via a pin in the dial plate to disclose a painted on enamel scene depicting a maiden being accosted by a gentleman brandishing a sword. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 46 mm., hinged gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee with chain, verge escapement, plain brass three-arm balance, fl at balance spring, gilt brass continental cock with polished steel end-piece. Diam. 55 mm.

CHF 10,000 - 15,000

USD 11,000 - 16,000 / EUR 8,500 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 25,000


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-24-70-01

Good

Slightly chipped

ENAMEL AND VARIOUS TYPES OF DECORATION Hairline

HANDS Original


Notes

This watch can be attributed to Girardier l?Aîné by comparison to an almost identical signed watch sold by Antiquorum, Geneva, March 27, 2011, lot 170.