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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Spaulding & Co.
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED POCKET WATCH WITH CASE DECORATION BY I ROUKHOMOVSKY NO 1513 NEC MAGNOS METUENT ARMENTA LEONES CIRCA 1905
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Spaulding & Co.
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED POCKET WATCH WITH CASE DECORATION BY I ROUKHOMOVSKY NO 1513 NEC MAGNOS METUENT ARMENTA LEONES CIRCA 1905
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
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Spaulding & Co.
A VERY FINE YELLOW GOLD OPEN FACED POCKET WATCH WITH CASE DECORATION BY I ROUKHOMOVSKY NO 1513 NEC MAGNOS METUENT ARMENTA LEONES CIRCA 1905
• 17''' manual winding nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance • silvered sunburst dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute track, blued steel Breguet hands • 18k yellow gold open faced case, scrolls and floral decorations to the bezel, case back with scene cast in relief • case, dial and movement signed by maker, case back signed by I Roukhomovsky
diameter 48 mm
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Catalogue Note

The phrase in relief to the back, ‘Nec Magnos Metuent Armenta Leones,’ translates roughly to ‘having no fear of the lions,’ and is taken from Virgil’s Eclogues, also known as his Bucolics. The Eclogues were published around 38 BC and were a collection of ten poems based on ‘pastoral poems’ of Theocritus. 

It is believed that the master goldsmith, Israel Roukhomovsky, was commissioned to make a small number of gold watch cases depicting the scene on the present lot. These cases were made for exceptional jewelers in Europe, and the present lot remains in original and well preserved condition. This is the 3rd example of the Roukhomovsky case that has appeared to public auction.

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