Lot 141
  • 141

Papon

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 CHF
Sold
37,500 CHF
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Description

  • AN EARLY OVAL GILT METAL PRE-HAIRSPRING VERGE WATCH WITH ALARM
    CIRCA 1574

  • brass
  • length 64 mm
• gilt full plate verge movement, twin barrel, pre-hairspring balance, wheel and click (lacking wheel), flat brass two-arm balance, alarm striking on a bell • gilt engraved dial with foliate and scroll design, applied chapter ring, Roman numerals, rotating central disc for setting the alarm • oval case with pierced engraved decoration depicting grotesque motifs, engraved foliate band • signed under the chapter ring

Catalogue Note

The present example is engraved below the dial 'L Papon F 1574' which allows us to believe that it is one of the earliest portable timepieces made. The 'F' probably stands for the word 'Fecit', its decoration is typical of the period with mythological and religious subjects. From this period there exists an early spherical watch signed by Jacques de la Garde which is now in the Louvre Museum collections of early watches.

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