Hong Kong, May 29, 2022
Robert & Courvoisier
Pocket watch, “wandering” automata; 18K yellow gold and enamel
HKD 160,000 - 238,000
EUR 19,100 - 28,600 / CHF 20,000 - 30,000 / USD 20,200 - 30,300
Sold: HKD 212,500
18K yellow gold and enamel, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, “Directoire” pocket watch, with “wandering” automata (aperture at 12 o’clock).
Fausse-plaque (false-plate) polychrome enamelled showing, on the lower part, flowers and foliage on champlevé décor black background, and, in the upper part, a balcony overlooking a garden with a fountain in the perspective; in a semi-circular aperture, driven by the going train, gold automatons passing in a merry-go-round (carousel or roundabout), turning over every half-minute, showing a young man playing with a dog, a woman with a hurdy-gurdy playing with a dog, a boy playing with a kite and a boy playing with a ribbon, over a polychrome enamelled background showing a castle in the back field; the paintings on enamel on gold attributable to Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), Geneva.
White enamel eccentric dial with suspended “Breguet” numerals; yellow gold hands.
Movement 19’’’, full plate, gilded brass, going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring, pierced and engraved gilded continental “Louis XV” cock, polished steel end-piece, silver regulator disc.