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A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET BEETLE FORM PENDANT WATCH CIRCA 1880
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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Swiss
A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET BEETLE FORM PENDANT WATCH CIRCA 1880
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 11,875 GBP
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A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET BEETLE FORM PENDANT WATCH CIRCA 1880
• manual winding gilt cylinder movement • concealed white dial, Arabic numerals, outer track for minute indication • gold scarab beetle-form case, diamond-set body and wings, fine graduated blue enamel over engine-turned background, chased head with ruby-set eyes, reverse realistically chiselled • stem winding crown to set the time covered by the wings •
length 53 mm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a fitted presentation case.

Shaped or fancy watches have been popular from the last third of the sixteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century, they then return to fashion around 1775 and continue into the nineteenth century.
These unusual watches, featuring a wide variety of shapes (flowers, animals, skulls) are worn suspended around the neck, waist or in the nineteenth century, attached with a pin.
These exquisite objects often offer an alternative to traditional jewellery.
The present piece is a remarkable example of a Longhorn
beetle form pendant from the last part of the 19th century. It combines both fine enamel and engraving technique.

Baezner, Anne, Geneva - Musée de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie, Genève, Novembre 2002, p.49, 94 & 95
Galliker, H-R, Spörri B and Stärk, G, Le Monde en miniature - Merveilles des Musées Suisses, Vevey 1998, p.66

 

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