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A pearl and gold watch snuff box
Estimate
1,8002,500
LOT SOLD. 5,040 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
7
A pearl and gold watch snuff box
Estimate
1,8002,500
LOT SOLD. 5,040 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A pearl and gold watch snuff box

marks rubbed, probably Geneva, circa 1805, the rim numbered: 7234

of rounded rectangular form, the centre inset with a contemporary  watch movement, probably Swiss, the cut-cornered rectangular white dial signed spuriously: Prior London, roman numerals below the visible paste set balance, the ground sides and base diaper engine-turned within raised scroll borders


width 10cm, 4in
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Catalogue Note

Although the movement of the watch is Swiss, not English, it was common practice to put a well-known Paris or London name on the dial. J.F. Leschot, partner of Jacquet-Droz wrote 'We have always had the name engraved as if the piece had come from England because the general opinion is that everything which is made in that country is better worked, more refined and more substantial than from anywhere else...' (letter to Louis Georges of Berlin, dated 13 February 1793).

Important Silver, Gold Boxes & Objects of Vertu

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