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THE STORY HOUR Ilbery
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET LONDON NO. 6349 CIRCA 1835
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTOR

THE STORY HOUR Ilbery
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET LONDON NO. 6349 CIRCA 1835
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
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THE STORY HOUR Ilbery
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET LONDON NO. 6349 CIRCA 1835
• Chinese caliber movement, duplex escapement, monometallic balance with blued steel weights, gilt plates engraved overall with foliate motif • white enamel dial, radial Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial • the case back with a finely painted medallion depicting a seated mother flanked by her two children in a classical garden, both bezels with engraved scrolls in red and blue enamel, gilt metal cuvette engraved with central patera and wavy lip border• movement signed and numbered cuvette numbered. 
diameter 60 mm
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Catalogue Note

Through the late 1700s and into the 1800s, Geneva saw a congruence of extraordinary talents in goldwork, mechanical objects, and enameling, all three of which are exhibited in the present lot. The superbly executed enamel painting to the back of the case is enhanced by a vibrant palette centering on contrasting colors of red, yellow, and blue of the central figures. Within the finely formed gold bassine case lies the engraved Chinese caliber movement, a staple of Chinese market watches, adorned with scrolls and flowerheads. While the striking scene of a woman and children is unsigned, the quality of the painting alludes to those of some of the best enamellists in the Geneva Fabrique working on the export market during this period. 

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