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George Graham, London
A FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH LATER REPOUSSE OUTER CASE 1739, NO. 795 REPOUSSE CASE CIRCA 1760
Estimate
8,00012,000
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George Graham, London
A FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH LATER REPOUSSE OUTER CASE 1739, NO. 795 REPOUSSE CASE CIRCA 1760
Estimate
8,00012,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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George Graham, London
A FINE GOLD QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH LATER REPOUSSE OUTER CASE 1739, NO. 795 REPOUSSE CASE CIRCA 1760
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, pierced winged masked balance cock engraved with foliage, flat three-arm balance, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, two polished steel hammers repeating on a bell to the inside case back, signed G. Graham London 795
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: gold inner case the back with winding aperture and centre with an engraved rosette, pierced band for sound emission engraved with scrolling foliage and flowers, a grotesque mask to the base, pulse piece to the bezel between 5 and 6 o'clock, numbered 795 beneath the pendant, hallmarked 1739 with maker's mark JW script with incuse star above for John Ward • later gold outer case with repoussé scene of Aeneas departing from Dido, the bezels pierced and chased with shell and scrollwork between panels of pierced and engraved foliage
diameter of outer case 47 mm, inner 40 mm
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Provenance

The Art of British Horology, Antiquorum Geneva, 21 October 1995, lot 40

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 215, pl. 125

Catalogue Note

The outer case is such a perfect fit to the inner that it is more than likely that it was especially made for it. The repoussé scene depicts Aeneas departing from Dido. Cupid is shown above, reading what was fore-ordained by Jupiter, that in her love-torn grief, Dido would kill herself. The repoussé scene on a watch by Isaac Alexander (see: Sotheby’s, Celebration of the English Watch, part II, lot 25) depicts the Death of Dido from an engraving by Michel Dorigny (1617-1655) of 1643, made after a painting of about 1640 by his father-in-law, Simon Vouet (1590-1649), now in the museum of Dole, France. It is possible that the inspiration for the present repoussé case is taken from other work by the same artists.

For a note on George Graham, see lot 26.

Celebration of the English Watch, Part III, The Genius of Thomas Tompion

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London