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NO 2598 GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND SET HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING AND GRANDE SONNERIE CLOCK-WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF MAHARAO KESHRI SINGH OF SIROHI BY JOHN GRAFF FOR THE INDIAN MARKET CIRCA 1890
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NO 2598 GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND SET HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING AND GRANDE SONNERIE CLOCK-WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF MAHARAO KESHRI SINGH OF SIROHI BY JOHN GRAFF FOR THE INDIAN MARKET CIRCA 1890
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NO 2598 GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND SET HUNTING CASED MINUTE REPEATING AND GRANDE SONNERIE CLOCK-WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF MAHARAO KESHRI SINGH OF SIROHI BY JOHN GRAFF FOR THE INDIAN MARKET CIRCA 1890
Dial: white enamel
Calibre:
two train tandem keyless winding lever
Case: 18k yellow gold, enamel and diamond set, with monogram
Case number:
2598
Dimensions: 58.5 mm
Signed: enamel signed Graff
Accessories: 
none

 


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Catalogue Note

The present lot exhibits every characteristic one would associate with a watch made for a Royal household. The case is finely chased and engraved with folitate scrolls forming cartouche around a diamond-set monogram 'KS' to the front cover and an enamel portrait to the obverse. The decoration continues as the band and bow are both too engraved in the same style. The cuvette is also engraved denoting the name of the man for whom the piece was created, 'Especially made for H.M. Maharao Keshi Singh K.C.S.J of Sirohi'.

The well-executed enamel is signed J. Graff. John Graff was an exceptionally skilled Swiss portrait enamellist, who produced work for many noble families across Europe. He also specialised in portrait miniatures of Indian and Chinese dignitaries, to which point this watch is a fine example.

The movement of this watch is complicated and would have required the utmost skill to complete. The clockwatch feature will automatically sound the times; thus at the hours, the hours will be struck, whilst on the quarter hours, the hours and quarters will be struck.  The repeating functions are powered by their own barrel and spring and as such, interestingly, the crown will wind the repeating barrel when wound one way, and the mainspring when wound the other.  

This city of Sirohi, in southern Rajasthan state in western India, was formerly the capital of the princely state of Sirohi ruled by Sirohi Jat rulers. Maharao Kheshri Singh KCSJ of Sirohi was born in 1857 and ruled from 1875 until his abdication in 1892. He died in 1920.  

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