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Thomas Warren, London
AN AMUSING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1770, NO. 1797
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
49
Thomas Warren, London
AN AMUSING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1770, NO. 1797
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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

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Thomas Warren, London
AN AMUSING SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED DIAL 1770, NO. 1797
Movement: gilded full-plate movement, verge escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock engraved with floral scrolls and a bird, flat three-arm balance, fusee and chain, baluster pillars, signed and numbered Tho. Warren, London, 1797
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, broad border with polychrome enamel painted scene of a gentleman and a lady in a classical landscape, a fisherman beside a lake below, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: plain silver inner, the back with winding aperture, stirrup pendant and bow • plain silver outer case • both cases hallmarked 1770 and with maker's mark HB in rectangular cameo probably for Henry Billingshurst
diameter of outer case 50 mm, inner case 42 mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, Warren’s Trick, Antiquarian Horology, Number 6, Vol. 33, December 2012

Catalogue Note

This watch has a painted dial which at first glance appears similar to others within this genre. However, closer inspection shows a number of amusing anomalies: the gentleman rather than the lady holds the shepherd’s crook and the sheep are at his feet rather than hers. What at first appear to be figures in the boat are in fact dogs, one rowing the other.  Looking closer still, the fisherman’s hat seems to be a bird watching the line in the water.

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

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London