Lot 175
  • 175

Ilbery

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70,000 - 100,000 CHF
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Description

  • AN 18K YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL OPEN-FACED WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
    CIRCA 1820
  • gold, enamel
  • diameter 60 mm
• gilt duplex movement finely chased and engraved with foliate decoration, polished steel balance, diamond endstone • engraved cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds • case back with shield shaped panel with polychrome enamel scene of 'Abelard and Eloise' attributed to Hess, Geneva, surrounded by translucent blue enamel on an engine-turned ground, gold and enamel engraved boarder, both bezels, stem and bow set with seed pearls • movement signed Ilbery, London No 6664

Catalogue Note

William Ilbery (1760-1839) specialised in the production of luxury watches for the Chinese Market. His early production was very much in the English style, featuring a full plate movement and an English type single wheel duplex escapement. The cases of his watches were sumptuously decorated by the best Geneva enamellers. He organized the production of his highly engraved movements for the Asian market in Switzerland, mainly in Fleurier. He was followed in this by makers such as Bovet and Juvet who also worked in Fleurier (Val de Travers). Ilbery can therefore be considered one of the most representative makers of "Chinese" watches.

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