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JAMES COX LONDON
A LARGE GILT-METAL PASTE-SET AND STONE NECESSAIRE WITH A WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET NO.1359, CIRCA 1770
Lote. Vendido 95,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
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JAMES COX LONDON
A LARGE GILT-METAL PASTE-SET AND STONE NECESSAIRE WITH A WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET NO.1359, CIRCA 1770
Lote. Vendido 95,000 GBP (Precio de adjudicación con prima del comprador)
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JAMES COX LONDON
A LARGE GILT-METAL PASTE-SET AND STONE NECESSAIRE WITH A WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET NO.1359, CIRCA 1770
Movement: gilt verge movement, balance cock pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls, baluster pillars, signed James Cox, London no. 1359
Dial: white enamel dial, Roman numerals, blued steel beetle and poker hands, red paste-set bezel
Case: the casket form case set with earth-tone agate panels, overlaid with chased gold foliate strap work, moulding set with vari-color pastes, the top inset with a watch and hinged opening revealing an elaborate set of implements, mounted on four charming cast sheep supports
Necessaire: complete with original and later gilt metal implements including a spyglass, ivory aide memoire, a rouge box, a corkscrew, bodkin and needle and a variety of
other implements
height 160 mm
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Nota del catálogo

The necessaire with timepiece is a good example of objects exported to the Far East from England during the second half of the 18th century. The difficulty of finding acceptable goods with which to trade with China, and the Chinese Imperial fascination with complicated automaton clocks, stimulated English watch and clockmakers to produce many imaginative creations. For other examples of Cox’s pieces, see Sotheby’s London, October 8, 1993, lot 203.

A similar piece was sold at Sotheby’s May 2011, lot 113 by James Ransom, London.

For an extensive account of James Cox’s life and work, see Ian White, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets, Great Britain, 2012 Chapters 5-7, pp.94-207 with illustrations throughout, also see Alfred Chapuis & Edouard Gélis, Le Monde des Automates, Paris, 1928, vol. I, Ch. 8, pp. 223-273 & 250-259, Alfred Chapuis & Edmond Droz, Les Automates, Neuchatel, 1958, Ch. 5, pp. 99-123, Clare Le Corbeiller, “James Cox: A
Biographical Review”, The Burlington Magazine, cxii, 1970, pp. 351-358.

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