GE1201

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Lot 151
  • 151

Swiss

Estimate
12,000 - 18,000 CHF
Sold
25,000 CHF
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Description

  • A YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED WATCH WITH VISIBLE BALANCE TO THE DIAL AND AUTOMATON SCENE TO THE REVERSE
    CIRCA 1790
  • yellow gold
• gilt full plate movement, cylinder escapement • white enamel dial, eccentric dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary dial for regulator, aperture for visible balance • engraved case, acanthus leaves engraved to the bezels, fan-form aperture to the back over an engraving of a classical female, the automaton depicting three figures; a man shooting a bird, a man walking a mule and a man drinking, in the landscape in the background is an automaton fountain, activated by a lever under the bezel

Catalogue Note

The first automatons appeared in the course of the 18th century. Produced in very limited quantities, and almost all on special request, they were technical achievements for many watchmakers at that time. This example, one of several automaton watches made in the late 18th century, is very interesting from both the dial layout with visible balance, and the aperture for an automaton scene on the back showing the movement of a donkey and a man shooting a bird along with movement impulsions. Automaton watches were fitted with complicated mechanisms and were regarded as works of art, not only in Europe but also by Chinese and Ottoman customers at that time.
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