Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Mar 03, 2021

LOT 296

Unsigned
Pocket watch made for the Chinese market; gilded silver, enamel and pearls

HKD 23,500 - 47,000

CHF 2,800 - 5,500 / EUR 2,500 - 5,000 / USD 3,100 - 6,100

Sold: HKD 30,000

Gilded silver (0.800), enamel and pearl-set, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch with centre-seconds, made for the Chinese market.
Polychrome painting on enamel on silver, by an unidentified workshop, probably Geneva, showing a young couple making an offering to an altar of Love, in neoclassical-style, on a royal blue background; fluted case-band; bezel set with half-pearls. Glazed cuvette (dome).
Movement 17’’’, gilded brass, engraved Chinese-style, going barrel, lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance (polished steel) with blued-steel wings balance and blued steel flat hairspring, polished steel index-regulator.


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original

Brand Unsigned, Fleurier (Val-de-Travers)

Year circa 1880

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 501 (by “J B”, probably Fleurier, Val-de-Travers)

Material gilded silver, enamel and pearls

Diameter 45 mm.

Caliber 17’’’, engraved Chinese-style, lateral lever escapement

Notes

The painted decoration on enamel of this watch is in the style of Genevan watches from the very end of the 18th century; it is a typical example of the “revival” that was very much in vogue in the second half of the 19th century. The present example reminds us of the enamels of Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841), one of the best enamel painters in Geneva.