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Jean Vallier, à Lyon
AN EXCEPTIONAL GOLD AND POLYCHROME ENAMEL WATCH CIRCA 1630
Estimate
17,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
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Jean Vallier, à Lyon
AN EXCEPTIONAL GOLD AND POLYCHROME ENAMEL WATCH CIRCA 1630
Estimate
17,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
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Jean Vallier, à Lyon
AN EXCEPTIONAL GOLD AND POLYCHROME ENAMEL WATCH CIRCA 1630
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced pinned-on balance cock engraved with flowers and foliage, later flat brass balance, wheel and click set-up, fusee and gut line, turned baluster pillars, signed J Vallier à Lyon
Dial: gold champlevé enamel with translucent green, orange and red polychrome enamel flowers against a white enamel ground, an opaque turquoise enamel flower above 12 o'clock, chapter ring with gold Roman numerals against a deep blue translucent enamel ground, broken blued steel turned hand
Case: case, bezel and pendant similarly decorated
length including pendant 40mm, width 27mm
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Catalogue Note

The case of this watch is richly decorated with cloisonné and champlevé enamels, their vibrant colours lend the watch a jewel like quality. In the early part of the 17th century, French cases were amongst the finest in Europe and the city of Lyon was an important centre of watchmaking. Jean Vallier, who worked in Lyon, was one of the most important makers of the period and in 1602 he became a master watchmaker. Tardy notes in his Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français that Vallier was a journeyman from 1590-1596, was married in 1605 to Madeleine Noytolon and died in 1649. One of the most famous watches by Jean Vallier may be found in the collections of the British Museum and is illustrated in Watches by David Thompson (British Museum 2008), pp.34-35.

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