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A RARE GOLD, ENAMEL, RUBY AND DIAMOND-SET WATCH WITH NOBLE PORTRAIT SIGNED GRAFF, MADE FOR THE INDIAN MARKET CIRCA 1890 NO. 370026
• gilt three quarter plate lever movement, partly in chaton screws, cut bi-metallic balance, swan neck micrometer regulator • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer track for minute indication, subsidiary seconds • gold case, chiselled to the edge on both sides with foliage decoration, the front panel decorated with painted enamel panel of a Maharajah inlaid with diamond and rubies showing his necklace, the reverse with a black and blue champlevé enamel monogram • signed and numbered on the movement
diameter 51 mm
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Catalogue Note

John Graf (Graff), 1836-1906, is considered to be the foremost Swiss portraitist in enamel of the later half of the 19th century. His clients were among the most important families in Europe. His skills being highly recognized, he was also commissioned to execute portraits on watch cases destined for the Indian market such as the present one.

This present example represents the portrait of His Highness Sawai Mahendra Sir Pratahsing Bahadeer, K.C. J. E., Savanad- i -Rajaha - i - Bundelkhand, Maharajah of Orchha, Tikamgarh, Bundelkhand.

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