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William Hughes, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE SILVER, GILT-METAL, ENAMEL AND IVORY PAPER FAN WITH A TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET MID 18TH CENTURY, NO. 1795
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William Hughes, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE SILVER, GILT-METAL, ENAMEL AND IVORY PAPER FAN WITH A TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET MID 18TH CENTURY, NO. 1795
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Details & Cataloguing

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

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William Hughes, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE SILVER, GILT-METAL, ENAMEL AND IVORY PAPER FAN WITH A TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET MID 18TH CENTURY, NO. 1795
Movement: miniature verge, gilded backplate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, fusee and chain, turned pillars, signed and numbered
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, aperture for winding between 3 and 4 o’clock
Fan: gilt-finished guard sticks with multi-coloured paste-set floral sprays and birds, alternating decoration of glazed ovals of basse-taille enamel, ivory sticks carved with Oriental figures, two-sided paper leaf painted with a scene from the Aeneid in which Venus is asking Vulcan to make a set of armour for her son Aeneas, the reverse with a painting of two ladies dressed in period costume • pivot point fitted with a watch with silver paste-set bezel, the watch case with maker’s mark HT probably for Henry Cleaver Taylor

With an associated key


length 280 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 248, pl. 154

Catalogue Note

This magnificent fan watch is signed by William Hughes who specialized in pieces for the Far East market. A large musical and automata coach watch by William Hughes was formerly in the Webster collection and sold at Sotheby’s on 27th May 1954, lot 69. The 1954 catalogue cited two bloodstone boxes and a table mirror which Simon Harcourt-Smith described in his Catalogue of the Palace Museum, Peiping, p. 21 and pls. 24a & b. William Hughes was recorded at the Dial near King Street, High Holborn until 1784 (see: Brian  Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Vol. 2 p. 118). Interestingly, F. J. Britten notes that Thomas Earnshaw succeeded Hughes at his address in 1784 and Hughes himself moved to Llanfflewin in Wales.  Britten also cites a clock made by Hughes in circa 1765. Hughes was made an honorary Freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1781.

Fans with watches are extremely rare, for two other examples see: Antiquorum Hong Kong, 4th June 1996, lot 406 signed by Upjohn and The Sandberg Watch Collection, Antiquorum Geneva, 31st March-1st April 2001, lot 179 attributed to James Cox.

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

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