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William Auckland, London
A GILT-METAL AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1770, NO. 758
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
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William Auckland, London
A GILT-METAL AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1770, NO. 758
Estimate
1,5002,500
LOT SOLD. 1,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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William Auckland, London
A GILT-METAL AND ENAMEL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1770, NO. 758
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, fusee and chain, baluster pillars, signed and numbered Wm. Auckland, London, 758
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: gilt metal inner, back with winding aperture • outer with 'Bilston'-type enamel painted scene of two lovers in Arcadian setting with classical ruins, yellow raised cartouche, white stippled border, bezel with polychrome flowers
diameter of outer case 53mm, inner case 42mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 229, pl. 139

Catalogue Note

During the third quarter of the 18th century, a fashion for enamel watch cases developed. It is thought that most of these cases were made in the workshops of Birmingham and South Staffordshire and are often referred to as 'Bilston' enamel. The case of the present watch is a typical example of this work and its composition was perhaps influenced by Italianate landscape painters such as Richard Wilson (1715-1782). For further examples of Bilston enamel watches, see: Cedric Jagger, The Artistry of the English Watch, 1988, col. pl. 14, p. 126 & discussion p.51.

Baillie lists William Auckland of London as active before 1782.

The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, George Daniels 20th Century Innovator

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