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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, April 28, 2019

LOT 521

UNSIGNED; THE ENAMEL IN THE MANNER OF LOUIS ROSSELET PENDANT-WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET; 18K YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMONDS

18K yellow gold, enamel and diamond-set, open-face, keylesswinding, round-shaped, pendant-watch. Case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with vermicelli motif and, in the centre, a scene showing a peacock sitting on a corbelling in front of a lake landscape, the painting on enamel on gold attributable to Louis Rosselet (1833-1913), Geneva.

Brand Unsigned

Model made for the Chinese market

Year circa 1890-1900

Calibre  10''', gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Case No. 229 327

Material 18K yellow gold, enamel and diamonds.

Caliber 10''', gilded brass, with going barrel, cylinder escapement, monometallic balance (gilded brass) and blued steel flat hairspring

Dimensions Ø 326 mm

HKD 9,000 - 10,000

CHF 1,150 - 1,400 / USD 1,150 - 1,400

Sold: HKD 13,750


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

A watch and a sketch showing a peacock in the same position are illustrated by Alfred Chapuis in his book “La Montre Chinoise” (pl. 212), suggesting that the enamel of this watch was painted by Louis Rosselet (1833-1913), Genevan painter on enamel, who has put in use, at the same time as P.-Amedée Champod (1834-1913), a process which by reserving brilliants on gold or silver paillons, renders in a very remarkable way the effects of setting sun or moonlight on the sea (op. cit. p. 195). Bibliography Chapuis, Alfred (with coll. of Loup, Gustave), La montre chinoise. Relations de l’Horlogerie suisse avec la Chine, Neuchâtel, Editions Attinger Frères, 1919, p. 195-196, 212, 249 and colour pl. following p. 212.