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Vivien's enamel and diamond fob watch
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
296
Vivien's enamel and diamond fob watch
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 5,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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Vivien's enamel and diamond fob watch
the brooch designed as a bow, suspending a navette-shaped pendant housing a watch with a white enamelled dial, Arabic numeral indicators and blued steel hands, beneath a circular aperture, on a blue enamelled ground, set throughout with rose diamonds, the reverse partially inscribed Tournés les Eguilles... à droit.
diamonds, enamel
length approximately 52mm
mid 19th century
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Provenance

Possibly a gift from Laurence Olivier

Catalogue Note

In the 1948 Notley Abbey Inventory (The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, London THM/433/6/1) there is a vitrine cabinet (lot 55) and a collection of thirteen watches listed, many are gem-set and enamel and most are antique (op. cit, p. 18-20). The present watch may have formed a part of this group, which shows Vivien was a collector of fine, jewelled watches. The collection was diminished, possibly as a result of two burglaries and a further infamous incident in the April of 1960. Joan Fontaine and Vivien swapped apartments in London and New York and the actresses tenure in each others home did not end well. Joan Fontaine was to write, (No Bed of Roses, New York, 1978) 'It seems she had an étagère filled with valuable watches that Laurence Olivier had given her. When I arrived at Eaton Square, I had had the housekeeper put away anything of value. I never saw the watches, but now they were missing ... Despite the fact that I never received a report from the F.B.I., or from Vivien, as to whether they were found or not, a New York columnist printed that I had stolen the valuable timepieces'. Perhaps the present lot is a survivor from this incident.

Vivien: The Vivien Leigh Collection

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London