PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
What makes these clocks appealing and desirable for collectors is the fact that every single one is a unique work of art, often upon request of clients, and the enamel decoration never repeated. The theme of the present lot is called 'The sea in the 19th century'.
Mainly kept in tones of blue and green, the enamel beautifully depicts exploration and travel on the high seas during that period. On top of the clock there is a compass and the night sky with moon, stars and planets. Adorning the cylindrical case are three main panels of cloisonné enamel. Starting in a clockwise motion, the first panel to the left of the dial shows a large vessel, a harbor and a ship's wheel. The middle panel shows a sailing boat, stars, birds flying in the sky and a pair of dividers. Finally, the last panel depicts a sextant, the sun, clouds and an hour glass.
On the first panel below the ship's wheel is the signature 'EPL', standing for the renowned enamel artist Elisabeth Perusset Lagger. She is known as one of the best of her craft and created several exceptional enamel works for Patek Philippe Dome clocks.
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