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AN EXCEPTIONAL GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL SET WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1800
• polished and blued-steel duplex movement, three arm balance with regulator, glazed cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, blued steel hands, subsidiary seconds • case back with fine enamel plaque, scalloped bezels decorated with split pearls against translucent red enamel and mauve enamel band, stem and bow with dark blue and mauve enamel set with pearls • with key
diameter 60 mm
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Catalogue Note

The Emperor of China and his court were as fascinated by European mechanical novelties and decorative watches as Europe was by Chinese works of art. By 1800, a pattern of Oriental market watches emerged with duplex or cylinder escapements, clearly visible centre seconds hand, the movements chased throughout with flowers and geometric ornament (le calibre chinois). The quality of the fine enamel mediallions were of great importance to these highly decorative pieces, examples of their work can be seen in many of the world's foremost collections, including the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Musée d'Horlogerie. Unfortunately we have not been able to attribute an artist to this extraordinarily beautiful enamel scene as the details of the figure are like no other known enamel painter.

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