- Patek Philippe
- A UNIQUE AND SUPERB YELLOW GOLD AND ENAMEL OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH “THE BURTON HUNT” ENAMEL MINIATURE BY G. MENNI AFTER JOHN FERNELEY
REF 652/56 MVT 933031 CASE 2818805 MADE IN 1980
- enamel, yellow gold
- diameter 44 mm
The wonderfully stylized enamel scene is a miniaturization of the oil painting The Burton Hunt (1830) by the English painter John E. Ferneley (1782-1860), who is regarded as one of the great British equine artists, due to his beautifully rendered paintings of sporting horses and hunting scenes.
The legendary Burton Hunt can trace its roots back to 1672, originating with the Monson family, who continued to host it for 150 years. As the sport grew more popular, the hunt became one of the premiere events among the elite. The 19th Century served as perhaps the Golden Age for the event, when at one point, hunts occurred six days a week. Though the Master of the hunt repeatedly changed hands multiple times over the years, the hunt has survived through worldwide political and economic upheavals. After World War II, the Lockwood family took up the mantle of the Burton Hunt, and helped revive the economic losses of the hunt post war, and has served as Masters of the hunt going on three generations, supporting its continued success to today.