Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, April 28, 2019

LOT 528

PATEK PHILIPPE HISTORICAL POCKET WATCH WITH EARLY WINDING- AND SETTING-DEVICE AND "PORTAIT CACHÉ" (CONCEALED PORTRAIT); 18K YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL, DIAMONDS, RUBIES

18K yellow gold, enamel and diamond-set, hunting-case, keylesswinding, round-shaped, small pocket watch. Garnet colour flinqué enamel case-back and cover; on the cover, a deer head set with rose-cut diamonds with rubies eyes; on the caseback, the cypher "J C"; chiselled case-band. Cuvette (dome) with painted on enamel on gold en grisaille the portrait of a gentleman, attributable to Gaspard Lamunière (1810-1865), Geneva.

Brand Patek Philippe

Year Circa 1854

Movement No. 9 785

Calibre  13''', gilded brass, with going barrel, straightline equilibrated lever escapement, compensated balance and blued steel flat hairspring

Case No. 9 785

Material 18K yellow gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies.

Caliber 13''', gilded brass, with going barrel, straightline equilibrated lever escapement, compensated balance and blued steel flat hairspring

Dimensions Ø 37 mm

Signature movement

Accessories Extract from the Archives

HKD 63,000 - 94,000

CHF 8,000 - 12,000 / USD 8,150 - 12,200

Sold: HKD 81,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

The Extract from the Archives, dated March 13, 2018, mentioned that this watch was sold on June 24, 1857. Patek Philippe, watches with “portait caché” (concealed portrait) Patek Philippe produced in its early years twenty or so watches with portraits, most related to the heroic history of Poland. These are usually painted on enamel on gold, polychrome or en grisaille (so-called “noir”, black), generally by Gaspard Lamunière (1810-1865), on decor and frames of a so-called Spiess. These portraits are either on the case-back or on the cuvette (dome), then says “portrait caché” (hidden portrait), or be in a secret double back, said “cuvette intérieure” (inner dome). To date, the following 23 watches are listed, six of which are kept in the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva (PPM). No. 497 (“Kosciuszko”); Tadeusz Ko?ciuszko (1746-1817), patriot and Polish general, the soul of the resistance against the Russians. No. 780 (“Zaleski”). No. 1 188. No. 1 206. No. 1 291 (“Le petit Kisieleff”); PPM (Inv. P-12). No. 1 327 (“Rzywarska”). No. 1 388 (“Kosciuszko” and “Poniatowski”); Tadeusz Ko?ciuszko (1746- 1817), patriot and Polish general, and Józef Antoni Poniatowski (1763-1813), Prince and Polish officer; PPM (Inv. P-898). No. 1 427 (“Un général”; a General); Ludwik Kicki (1790- 1831), Polish general, hero of the 1830 Revolution; Sotheby’s, Geneva, auction, November 10, 2015, lot 160, sold for the amount of CHF 18,750.- No. 1 428 (“Le roi de Hanovre”; The King of Hanover). No. 2 613 (“Joseph Tyszkiewicz”); Joseph Tyszkiewicz (?-?), Polish count and historian; PPM (Inv. P-1240). No. 4 035 (“Washington”); George Washington (1732-1799), American general and statesman, first president of the United States of America (1789-1795); PPM (Inv.P-1412). No. 4 326. No. 5 201. No. 6 061. No. 8 380. No. 8 560 (“Jones”). No. 8 832 (“Impératrice du Brésil”, Empress of Brazil"). No. 8 952. No. 9 785; the present watch. No. 10 395. No. 10 396. No. 10 937 (“un inconnu”, a stranger"); PPM (Inv. P-1304). No. 17 371 (“Ecce Homo”); PPM (Inv. P-1152).