Lot 193
  • 193

Arlington & Co, London & Calcutta

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 CHF
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Description

  • A FINE YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND AND ENAMEL HUNTING CASED WATCH MADE FOR THE INDIAN MARKET
    NO 7677 CIRCA 1880
  • enamel, gold, diamond
• cal. 18''' gilt 3/4 plate manual winding lateral English lever escapement movement, cut bi-metallic compensation balance with peripheral timing screws and blued Breguet balance spring with terminal curb • 18k yellow gold cuvette with Swiss hallmarks • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, outer minute track • 18k yellow gold hunting case, polished back, front cover with a finely painted Indian Maharaja with a crown and feather, bordered by blue enamel and gold scrolls with diamonds at the quarters • movement signed

Literature

For further discussion of 'Maharaja watches' and Swiss watch trade in India, see Jaquet, E., & Chapuis, A., Technique and History of the Swiss Watch, pp. 100 and 128-9, and illustrations on pl. 133.

Catalogue Note

Watches made for the Indian market, known as 'Maharaja watches,' frequently made use of photographs sent from Indian dignitaries so that artists in Geneva could render the portraits in enamel. 
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