Lot 37
  • 37

An English ormolu timepiece for the Chinese market in the manner of James Cox, circa 1800,

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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  • gilt-bronze, brass, steel, enamel, glass
  • 27cm. 10½in. high
2¼-inch enamel dial with visible paste-set balance, subsidiary hours, minutes, seconds, lunar date and regulation dials, the fusee movement with cylinder escapement and with finely engraved rear cover, the drum surmounted by and eagle and flanked by sprays of bulrushes, mounted on the back of a boldly cast and finely chased lion


Probably Sir William Forbes, 6th Bt. (1739-1806)


Dial has minor damage to the edge at top right, otherwise dirty but good condition, minute hand repaired/replaced. Movement is incomplete and not running, fusee chain broken, spring possibly broken. Case in generally good condition retaining the original gilding, bezel hinge damaged and poorly repaired, now loose, rear door lacking. No winder.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

An almost identical lion is illustrated Ian White, English Clocks for the Eastern Markets, AHS 2012, pg. 191