Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 14, 2017

LOT 227

THE PISTOL Duel Attributed 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 perfume sprinkler, in form of flintlock pistols.

CHF 350,000 - 550,000

HKD 2,800,000 - 4,400,000 / USD 350,000 - 550,000

Sold: CHF 413,000

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 rabbit 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. White enamel with Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions. Gold "spearhead" hands. 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.

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Grading System
Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


LENGTH 111 mm.