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Piguet & Meylan
A FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL BUTTERFLY-FORM MUSICAL SNUFF BOX WITH WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CASE BY GEORGES REYMOND CIRCA 1820
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 266,500 USD
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Piguet & Meylan
A FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL BUTTERFLY-FORM MUSICAL SNUFF BOX WITH WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CASE BY GEORGES REYMOND CIRCA 1820
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 266,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Piguet & Meylan
A FINE AND RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL BUTTERFLY-FORM MUSICAL SNUFF BOX WITH WATCH, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CASE BY GEORGES REYMOND CIRCA 1820
• the music work stamped PM and playing on sur plateau movement conforming to the box shape, music playing on demand by means of a lever fitted into a side panel • the box formed as a butterfly, its hinged wings vibrantly polychrome enameled to simulate wings in tones of sea green, plum, lavender, and powder blue, flanking the realistically engraved thorax, one wing concealing the watch and the other a snuff compartment • the watch with white enamel dial, regulator below 6 o'clock • within gold reserve the edges decorated with powder blue champlevé scallop motif, the sides and base decorated with opaque powder blue enamel, the sides spaced by champlevé enamel foliate motif, the base further framed within a border of champlevé enamel leafage heightened by turquoise, black and white enamel, the interior of one wing with casemakers stamp GR (Georges Reymond) within a lozenge
width 72 mm
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Catalogue Note

The firm Piguet & Meylan was formed by Isaac-Daniel Piguet and Philippe Samuel Meylan in 1811. Piguet was born at Le Chenet in 1775. He settled in Geneva and became Burgher in 1812, one year after he had gone into partnership with Philippe Samuel Meylan to undertake the 'manufacture of watches, jewellery and mechanisms of all kinds.' Piguet specialized in complex watches with carillons and clock watches. Meylan was born in le Brassus in 1772 and is credited with adapting 'tongues of sonorous metal for the combs of musical movement suitable for watches and other small objects. He is responsible for the famous magician automaton boxes and barking dog automaton watches.'

Piguet & Meylan are particularly known for their watches made for the Chinese Market. As such, decoration was very important to the creation of all their pieces, and they employed some of the best enamel painters to decorate their watches. Examples of their works can be seen in many of the world's foremost collections, including the Patek Philippe Museum, Geneva, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Musée d'Horlogerie, Locle.

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