Lot 104
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JAQUET-DROZ LESCHOT AND FRISARD GENEVA 1786-1787 SOLD TO JAMES COX LONDON 1787

Estimate
800,000 - 1,200,000 USD
Sold
2,530,000 USD
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Description

  • AN EARLY GOLD ENAMEL PEARL AND GEM-SET SINGING BIRD AUTOMATON SCENT FLASK WITH WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET THE BIRD SONG PLAYING VIA A SERINETTE
The Case

• the case of flattened pear form, one side with white enamel dial below an oscillating diamond-set balance, the other with a recessed richly painted singing bird perched on a leafy branch against a background of translucent pink enamel, bezels and borders of alternating rubies and half pearls, all surrounded by Renaissance-style gold paillon arabesques with birds and grotesques and urns of fruit over a translucent blue ground, the sides chased with similar ornament, partly enameled and set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds and sapphires, the top scent compartment with stopper combined with a watch key, enameled on both sides en suite, the stopper base stamped PG below a crown, the base with hinged mirror-lined compartment



The Bird and Serinette



• the bird [12 mm high] produces its song via a six pipe organ composed of two groups of three pipes following the curves of the case, the song is conveyed via metal tubes with compressed air from the bellows to the pipes and distributed by a pinned cylinder operating six valves; when activated, by a small gold button, the bird realistically sings, opens and closes his beak, swivels his body whilst his tail moves up and down



The Watch



• gilt brass verge movement with fusee, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, gold hands, the timepiece and balance mounted on a shaped foliate scroll engraved cartouche plate, winding arbor below the dial at 5 o'clock, the dial and balance visible through glazed apertures on the hinged covering panel

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