- A VERY RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL AUTOMATA WATCH
CIRCA 1820 'THE KITCHEN'
- diameter 56.5 mm
The Kitchen was one of the most impressive automata watches produced in Geneva in the early 19th Century. This form of automaton watch appears to have been produced mostly by the Geneva watchmaker Gounouilhou. Fewer than a dozen 'Kitchen' automata are known, one such watch is illustrated in 'Histoire et Technique de La Montre Suisse', by E. Jaquet and A. Chapuis, 1945, and another one in 'Le Monde des Automates', A. Chapuis and E. Gelis, Paris, 1928.
Pierre Simon Gounouilhou (1779-1847) was born in 1779, settled in Geneva (Quai Neuf en l'Isle, No. 241) in 1799. Known as an imaginative maker of great repute, he produced automata, musical objects, watches and quarter-repeating ring watches. He left his shop notes with an abundance of information about the habits and customs of early 19th century Geneva watchmakers.