Lot 105
  • 105

THE SHEPHERDESS

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 USD
Sold
237,500 USD
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Description

  • A THREE COMPARTMENT GOLD ENAMEL AND PEARL AUTOMATON SNUFF BOX AND TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, THE ENAMEL IN THE STYLE OF JEAN LOUIS RICHTER, THE AUTOMATA PROBABLY BY PIGUET & CAPT GENEVA 1809-1819
• oval case, the central lid finely painted with a colorful enamel pastoral scene, the scene framed by a tree and foreground encrusted with graduated split pearls, against wavy translucent blue enamel over engine-turning, the hinged side panels decorated en-suite, the bezels all set with split pearls, the circumference of the box decorated with translucent blue enamel spaced with enamel florettes, the base further decorated with translucent blue enamel over a wavy engine-turned ground • the right compartment concealing a chased three-color gold seven-motion automaton representing a shepherdess by a mill stream; the automaton comprising the shepherdess lifting a tuft, a lamb and a sheep with moving heads, and a barking dog that drinks from the fountain, the water simulated by two revolving twisted glass rods issuing from the turning wheel above, the automata are activated by raising the lid • the left compartment composed of three dials, a pair in white enamel for hours and minutes, the other for seconds, a third for regulation, enameled in translucent red over wavy engine-turned ground • accompanied by a gold and enamel watch key engraved with a flower against blue translucent enamel • lobe-form gilt plate automaton movement with five wheel train • the case interior stamped with French Departmental Control mark 1809-1819 (for Geneva) 

 

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