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Hunt & Roskell, London
A RARE GOLD HALF-HUNTING CASED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH RUBY-SET BEZEL AND ENAMEL PAINTING OF NAPOLEON III BY C. GLARDON CIRCA 1870, NO. 12632
Movement: gilded ¾ plate, lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance • signed and numbered Hunt & Roskell, London, 156 New Bond St., 12632
Dial:white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, blued steel double spade hands, the centre signed Hunt & Roskell, London
Case: gold, half-hunter, bezels to front and back set with rubies, glazed aperture to front cover surrounded by blue enamel Roman numerals and inner minute ring, red enamel L monogram on back, first cuvette plain gold concealing a secondary cuvette with a polychrome enamel painted portrait of Napoleon III wearing the sash for  the Chief of the Order of the Légion d'Honneur, signed C. Glardon, case maker’s mark AS for Alfred Stram
diameter 39mm
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Catalogue Note

Louis Napoleon III (1808-1873), nephew of Napoleon I, was President of the Second Republic of France. In 1852 he became Emperor of the French and, following two prosperous decades in office, his reign was brought to an end in 1870 by the defeat of his army during the Franco-Prussian war. Charles-Louis-François Glardon (1825-1887), was a Swiss enameller made famous by his exceptionally fine enamel portraits. He was a very talented draughtsman who aimed to 'paint on the paste exactly as one paints on a canvas' (Emaux et Miniatures, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Genève, 1955, p. 20). He was trained by his equally famous and talented brother Jacques Aimé Glardon (1815-1862 ). Alfred Stram was a prolific London watch case maker who worked for many different, good quality watch making companies.

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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