Geneva, Nov 07, 2021

LOT 388


CHF 13,000 - 19,000

HKD 110,000 - 162,000 / USD 14,100 - 20,600 / EUR 12,200 - 17,800

Sold: CHF 32,500

Very fine, large, 18K gold and enamel, pearl and diamond set pocket watch. «Directoire’’ style case, master mark IM, back decorated with translucent Imperial blue enamel overelaborate engine- turning with rose-cut diamond-set applied rosette and large diamonds in the center, azure enamel frame with red enamel, pearl-set bezels and pendant. Hinged gold cuvette fixed to the movement ring. White enamel, radial Roman numerals, outer minute divisions. Gold hands.

Grading System
Case: 3-25



Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand William Anthony

Year Circa 1805

Movement No. 1990

Case No. 1990

Diameter 64 mm

Caliber 23’’’, gilt brass, fully chased with scrolling foliage decoration, Chinese calibre drawn from that of Lepine with free standing barrel, duplex escapement, plain flat five arm polished steel balance with flat balance spring and diamond end-stone.

Signature Case and Movement


William Anthony Born circa 1765, William Anthony worked in Red Lion Street, St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, where he made high-end, decorative watches for the Chinese market. One of his well-known style includes oval dials and hands that are jointed to automatically adjust to the changing radius of the dial as they travel round. As a successful tradesman, Anthony played an active part in founding the Watch- and Clockmakers Benevolent Association in 1815. However, after establishing the association, he suffered a series of losses following the unsuccessful litigation with Grimaldi & Johnson; an ill-fated attempt to set up a commercial exhibition in the Somerset Gallery, Strand, of Commonwealth presenting the Stuart costume displayed on wax models. He die in straitened circonstances in 1844.