Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Mar 17, 2013

LOT 154

Gold, Enamel, Pearl & Diamond Watch & Chatelaine In Original Case Swiss, case no. 4030. made circa 1790. extremely fine and very rare, 18K gold, painted on enamel, pearl and rose-cut diamond-set pocket watch with original gold and champleve enamel chatelaine, outer glazed protective case and the original fitted case.

CHF 7,000 - 9,000

USD 7,300 - 7,600 / EUR 5,700 - 9,800

Sold: CHF 23,750

C. Two-body, Directoire, case maker?s mark JAB, engraved band, the bezel set with split-pearls, the back with a finely painted on enamel figure of the goddess Ceres holding a cornucopia in a classical landscape, royal blue guilloche ground, lozenge shaped border outlined in white and translucent blue enamel, gold surround with fine white champleve enamel birds, foliage and cornucopiae translucent blue and red enamel flower highlights and rose-cut diamond-set accents, splitpearl border. Chatelaine : three-strand links, the outer two decorated with blue and white champleve enamel flowers, the central links with engraved gold flowerhead, two navette-shaped gold panels decorated with fine white champleve enamel flowers, the larger panel with a standing putto in a landscape, translucent blue enamel borders and outer seed pearl borders, two pearl and gold wire tassels and a key en-suite. D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions and Arabic fifteen minute numerals, winding aperture at 2 o?clock. Pierced gold hands. M. 39 mm., matte gilt, full plate, fusee and chain, verge escapement with micrometric potence adjustment, three-arm brass balance with flat balance spring, pierced and engraved continental cock with polished steel endplate, rack and pinion regulator with silvered dial. Case numbered. Diam. 47 mm.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-0

Very good


This watch and chatelaine has survived in extremely good condition thanks to the survival of the outer protective case for the watch and the fitted case. The enamel is finely painted with a depiction of the goddess Ceres who sybolizes plenty. The very delicately executed white champleve enamel decoration is accented with rose-cut diamonds set in silver mounts. The chatelaine is also very finely decorated to complement the watch and also retains the original gold and enamel key.