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François Louis Godon
A YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED WATCH WITH DATE AND CONCEALED ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF KING CARLOS IV OF SPAIN CIRCA 1790
• gilt full plate movement, cylinder escapement • signed gilt cuvette • white enamel dial inscribed 'Soy de Don Franco de Soria y', Roman numerals, Arabic outer track calibrated for date, gold hands, blued steel date hand • case back engraved with a laurel wreath, concave bezel, hinged cover to the case back with concealed polychrome enamel portrait of King Carlos IV of Spain • cuvette and movement signed F. L. Gondon Ro. de Camara de S.M.C
diameter 60 mm
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Catalogue Note

Charlos IV was the second son of Charles III and Maria Amalia of Saxony. He was especially known for his acts of kindness. In 1803, after his daughter María Luísa had been affected by smallpox, the king commissioned his doctor Francisco Javier de Balmis to send the vaccine to all of Spain's colonies on state expenses. The duration of his reign duration was 19 years and 96 days between 1788 and 1808.
François Louis Godon was famous for the clocks and watches he made for King Carlos IV. His full title later became 'Mechanical Expert and Clockmaker to the Chamber of his Catholic Majesty'. He supplied the Spanish Court with many clocks and watches as official agent and as the Kings purchaser.

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