Lot 155
  • 155

Tiffany & Co. and Movado

Estimate
6,000 - 8,000 USD
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Description

  • A RARE AND AMUSING YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL AND RUBY-SET FROG-FORM TRAVEL WATCHCIRCA 1960
  • gold, enamel, and ruby - watch in shape of frog
  • length 41 mm
• rectangular manual winding movement,17 jewels • concealed silvered dial, applied baton indexes • the watch housed within a realistic 18k gold frog-form case, the simulated skin composed of translucent green enamel over a textured ground, cabochon ruby-set eyes, sliding open at the midsection to reveal the watch • dial signed Tiffany & Co. and Movado, watch movement and case signed Movado, case signed Tiffany

Condition

A charming piece, and very well executed. The movement is running at the time of cataloguing, however it may require service soon. The dial is presently lacking a crystal and shows some light aging. The interior of the movement case is stamped 14k and numbered 4BG and 643, as well as USA Movado. The movement is further stamped F Ries on mvt. The eyes do seem to have some surface scratches and there are some light surface scuffs to the gold. The enamel is very well preserved with no visible imperfections or signs of restoration.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

The present example is of particular note for the exquisite rendering of the frog. The high quality of workmanship of this creation makes it a lifelike and charming objet d'art and such that only the master craftsman at Tiffany could execute. 

Several amusing concealed purse watches are illustrated in John Loring's Tiffany Watches, pp. 152-154, in forms such as the sea urchin, shell, fish and ladybug.