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Abraham de la Garde, Blois
A SILVER AND GILT METAL OVAL VERGE WATCH WITH SUNDIAL CIRCA 1590
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 GBP
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Abraham de la Garde, Blois
A SILVER AND GILT METAL OVAL VERGE WATCH WITH SUNDIAL CIRCA 1590
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 GBP
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Abraham de la Garde, Blois
A SILVER AND GILT METAL OVAL VERGE WATCH WITH SUNDIAL CIRCA 1590
Movement: gilt full plate, verge escapement, pierced and engraved cock, gut-line fusee, ratchet and click set-up, baluster pillars
Case: gilt metal, the front with later monogram C.W.J, the rear with pastoral scene, band with masks, two lute and foliate inhabited by birds, sundial and compass within  
Dial: gilt metal, chapter ring, Roman numerals and touch pins, plate engraved with foliate inhabited by birds and dogs, mask at 12, central pastoral scene
Dimensions: 66 x 40mm
Signed: movement
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Catalogue Note

Abraham De la Garde was descended from a line of important and celebrated makers based in both Paris and Blois around the end of the 16th century. Such was the repute in which he was held that he was appointed clockmaker to Catherine de Medici in 1588 and to King Henry IV in 1591. His father, Jacques, probably the most famous maker in Blois during the middle of the 16th century, is thought to have made the earliest recorded French watch in around 1551. A spherical watch by him is also listed at the Louvre.

A very similar piece by the same maker was presented as part of The Percy Webster Collection (lot 6) sold in these rooms on 17th May 1954.

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