2228
2228
William Anthony, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL, SPLIT-PEARL AND DIAMOND-SET DUPLEX WATCH WITH 8-DAY MOVEMENT, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1800
Estimate
320,000480,000
LOT SOLD. 562,500 HKD
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2228
William Anthony, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL, SPLIT-PEARL AND DIAMOND-SET DUPLEX WATCH WITH 8-DAY MOVEMENT, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1800
Estimate
320,000480,000
LOT SOLD. 562,500 HKD
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William Anthony, London
A MAGNIFICENT AND VERY RARE YELLOW GOLD, ENAMEL, SPLIT-PEARL AND DIAMOND-SET DUPLEX WATCH WITH 8-DAY MOVEMENT, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET, CIRCA 1800
Dial: enamel
Calibre: duplex escapement
Case: 18k yellow gold, enamel, split-pearl and diamond-set, cuvette, hinged back
Case number: 1'934
Size: 68 mm length x 57 mm width
Signed: dial, cuvette and case signed, case and cuvette further numbered
Accessories: William Anthony, London key and presentation box
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Literature

For a very similar watch numbered 1931, please see The English Watch 1585-1970 by Terence Camerer Cuss, page 323 and 333 and was sold at the Sotheby's auction The Celebration of the English Watch, part three, lot 40 on 15 November 2016 for 212,500 GBP.

Catalogue Note

William Anthony was born in around 1765. He worked as a watchmaker in Red Lion Street, Saint John's Square, Clerkenwell, where he made exceptional watches for the Chinese market. His watches, usually with oval dials and were usually elaborately set with diamonds, pearls and enamel. He is known to have delivered a small number of watches to the Chinese Court in Peking. Some of his watches were made in pairs, two of which were sold in the landmark auction, The Sandberg Watch Collection in 2001, lot 208 and 209.

The present watch, fresh to the market, was discovered in Japan just a few months ago. It is only three numbers away from the watch sold by Sotheby's in The Celebration of English Watch, Part three, lot 40 on 15 November 2016. The movement is highly engraved and has a large barrel for the winding. The engraving is very typically English from the period. The case is in exceptional condition with only some very minor losses to the white enamel border. The case has extremely tight hinges and has not been opened very often at all. The cuvette is signed and engraved with an illustration of the horse pulling a rope, indicating the direction of wind and a pair of watch hands beside the off-set hand-set square. 

The oval case is a signature of William Anthony and the case back is centred with diamonds, framed by rows of pearls, gold wire-work with outer blue and red enamel, all enclosed with large split-pearls. The pendent is further enhanced by split-pearls and a pusher to open the hinge back.

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