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German
A SILVER-GILT, GILT-METAL AND ROCK CRYSTAL WATCH IN THE FORM OF A TULIP BUD WITH LATER CUSTOM-MADE VERGE MOVEMENT CASE CIRCA 1630, MOVEMENT BY A. ANTO. LASACHER, COLLN, CIRCA 1730
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,500 GBP
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A SILVER-GILT, GILT-METAL AND ROCK CRYSTAL WATCH IN THE FORM OF A TULIP BUD WITH LATER CUSTOM-MADE VERGE MOVEMENT CASE CIRCA 1630, MOVEMENT BY A. ANTO. LASACHER, COLLN, CIRCA 1730
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,500 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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A SILVER-GILT, GILT-METAL AND ROCK CRYSTAL WATCH IN THE FORM OF A TULIP BUD WITH LATER CUSTOM-MADE VERGE MOVEMENT CASE CIRCA 1630, MOVEMENT BY A. ANTO. LASACHER, COLLN, CIRCA 1730
Movement: later gilded full plate oval, verge escapement, the cock decoratively pierced and engraved with Continental arms with a helmet surmounted by a winged demi-horse, the neck with two hands clasped, plain flat steel balance with spring, silver regulation disc, fusee and chain, faceted baluster pillars • movement signed A Anto. Lasacher, Colln
Dial: of contemporary date to the movement, silver-gilt champlevé, Roman numerals with half hour markers between, inner quarter hour divisions, outer Arabic minute ring, the centre with semi-circular banner engraved Colln, outer border gilded and engraved with scrolling flowers and foliage, later hands
Case: silver-gilt frame chased and engraved with scrolling flowers and foliage, three hinged panels with later rock crystal panels of bulbous oval form, the two covering the movement with central recessed channel, pendant in the form of a flower stalk, short rounded terminal
length including pendant 44mm, width 28mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 16 October 2005, lot 330

Catalogue Note

Tulips were and are, of course, a well-loved flower. The price of tulip bulbs boomed in the 1630s only to implode at the end of the decade. Fortunes were made and lost. Silver cases cast in the form of tulip buds are known from the period, however, this example carved from rock crystal is especially unusual. The oval movement of the watch was custom made by the 18th century maker A. Anton Lasacher and designed to fit the shape of the case. Lasacher's movement would have replaced a single-handed pre-balance spring movement that would originally have been fitted to the case. Although it is possible that the original movement was damaged, requiring replacement, it is perhaps more likely that the owner of the case, admiring its beauty, simply wanted an updated movement that was both more accurate (by having a balance spring) and more practical by the addition of a second hand for minute indication. 

Alberten Lasacher is recorded in Baillie, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, as working in Cologne circa 1730.

For an example of a similarly tulip-formed watch, see:  Sotheby's London, The Edward Hornby Collection, December 1978, lot 15, and Sotheby's London, The English Watch Part 1, 15 December 2015, lot 17.

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