Lot 29
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Simon De Charmes, London

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9,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • A FINE GOLD PAIR CASED HALF QUARTER REPEATING VERGE WATCH WITH REPOUSSE SCENE BY JOHN VALENTINE HAIDT
    CIRCA 1730
  • GOLD
  • width 50 mm
• Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, pierced and engraved masked balance cock with foliate scrolls inhabited by two dolphins’ heads, plain flat balance, repeating on a bell to the inside case back, rounded baluster pillars • silver dust cap • movement and dust cap signed S De Charmes, London, bell scratch signed Drury
• Dial: later white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: gold inner case with band pierced and engraved with scrolls of foliage inhabited by birds, grotesque mask to the base, townscape beneath the pendant, the centre of the back with an engraved flower and aperture for winding, maker's mark IL for John Lee • outer case with repoussé scene depicting Apollo, the sun god and the four seasons: Flora with infant for Spring; Ceres, Summer; Bacchus, Autumn; and Saturn as Winter within a symmetric cartouche, four subsidiary scenes outside the central cartouche depict putti and alternate with pierced panels with scrolling foliage, shells and dolphins’ heads, the bezel with alternating scenes of birds and rabbits and with pierced foliate scrolls, maker's mark SG beneath a fish incuse for Stephen Goujon, repoussé signed J.V. Haidt at the base of the scene

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 186-187, pl. 100

Catalogue Note

Simon de Charmes became a Free Brother of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1691 and it is thought that he remained an active watchmaker until about 1730, the approximate date of this watch. The repoussé case was made by John Valentine Haidt (1700-1780), whose signature appears on the step below the scavenging dog. Haidt was originally from Augsburg and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Berlin. It was John Valentine’s father who encouraged him to become a goldsmith. Haidt lived in many different cities around Europe, working in Augsburg, Rome, Venice and Paris before moving to London where he married, in 1725, Catherine Compigné, the daughter of a clock or watchmaker. The famed goldsmith and painter George Michael Moser is understood to have worked for Haidt in the early 1730s. In 1754, Haidt left Europe for America and became the official painter to the Moravian community in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1780. For further information on John Valentine Haidt, see: Richard Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser, 2000, pp. 52-55.
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