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The Ritz-carlton Hotel, Hong-kong, June 08, 2002

LOT 418

"Scentimental" DuelAttributed to Moulinié, Bautte & Cie, Geneva, circa 1806, made for the Chinese market.Exceptional and extremely rare pair of 18K gold and enamel, pearl-set, combined watch and perfumesprinkler, in form of flintlock pistols, with original matching gold and enamel pistol-shaped winding keys. Accompanied by a Chinese fitted box.

C. The grips of translucent scarlet enamel over flinqué grounds decorated with small gold rosettes on black champlevé enamel with gold flowers, the borders set with half pearls. Gold plates, finely chased with a dog on one side and a stag on the other, framed with half pearls. The barrels of cobalt blue translucent champlevé enamel over flinqué grounds, with a raised gold scroll design simulating damascene work. The perfume is released through the pistils of gold lotus flowers with enamelled petls, which are shot out of the barrel. The act of cocking the hammer winds the mechanism, also lowering the trigger. The watch is concealed in the end of the butt, the spring-loaded front and back covers with half pearl-set borders, decorated with flinqué rosettes and centeredwith half pearls. D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions. Gold "spearhead" hands.M. 15 mm. ø, gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain three-arm brass balance, continental cock pierced and engraved. In a Chinese fitted box with original keys decorated with matching scarlet enamel over flinqué engraving and white enamel borders.Length 111 mm.

C. The grips of translucent scarlet enamel over flinqué grounds decorated with small gold rosettes on black champlevé enamel with gold flowers, the borders set with half pearls. Gold plates, finely chased with a dog on one side and a stag on the other, framed with half pearls. The barrels of cobalt blue translucent champlevé enamel over flinqué grounds, with a raised gold scroll design simulating damascene work. The perfume is released through the pistils of gold lotus flowers with enamelled petls, which are shot out of the barrel. The act of cocking the hammer winds the mechanism, also lowering the trigger. The watch is concealed in the end of the butt, the spring-loaded front and back covers with half pearl-set borders, decorated with flinqué rosettes and centeredwith half pearls.
D. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions. Gold "spearhead" hands.
M. 15 mm. ø, gilt brass full plate with cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain three-arm brass balance, continental cock pierced and engraved. In a Chinese fitted box with original keys decorated with matching scarlet enamel over flinqué engraving and white enamel borders.Length 111 mm.

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Sold: HKD 3,650,000


Grading System
Grade: Logo grading

Exceptional

Case: 3 - 51
Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2 - 01

Notes

Although not signed, the pistols are almost identical to examples which are signed (F.X. Sturm and O. Patrizzi in "Watches of Fantasy", plate No. 26, and the matching one from the same pair sold by Antiquorum, Milano, 28 November 1994), enabling us to attribute this one to the same makers : Moulinié, Bautte & Cie.Moulinié, Bautte & Cie. (1772-1837)Jean-François Bautte, born in 1772, became apprenticed at the age of 12, learning the crafts of case-maker, engine-turner, watchmaker, jeweler, and gem-setter. He was barely nineteen years old when he signed his first watch. In 1797, Bautte took as partner the case-maker Moulinié; in 1804 they were joined by watchmaker Jean Gabriel Moynier, the name of the company becoming first Moulinié, Bautte & Cie., then Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier. In the early 19th century, Bautte was Geneva's most importandealer.