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P. Belon à Paris
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND SMALL GOLD AND TURQUOISE ENAMEL PRE-BALANCE SPRING VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1650
Estimate
17,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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25
P. Belon à Paris
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND SMALL GOLD AND TURQUOISE ENAMEL PRE-BALANCE SPRING VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1650
Estimate
17,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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P. Belon à Paris
AN EXTREMELY RARE AND SMALL GOLD AND TURQUOISE ENAMEL PRE-BALANCE SPRING VERGE WATCH CIRCA 1650
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, decoratively pierced balance cock and long foot engraved with flowers and foliage, flat steel balance, fusee now with woven wire line, urn shaped pillars, signed P. Belon, A Paris.
Dial: enamel, white chapter ring with black and gilded Roman numerals with half hour divisions between, turquoise centre, gold floriate hand
Cases: yellow gold, turquoise base, raised semi-roundels of white enamel with black highlights interspersed with shaded orange roundels, case back centred with a flower in matching enamel tones, the round pendant similarly decorated, centre of the inside back with stylised black enamel flower, bezel with gold tags for crystal retention
diameter 34mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 16 October 2005, lot 88
Antiquorum Geneva, 12 April 2003, lot 491

Catalogue Note

Tardy notes in his Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français that Pierre Belon became a master watchmaker in 1623. He was a Valet de Chambre to the French King and Queen between 1635 and 1648. Belon’s son, also named Pierre, would become clockmaker to the Queen in 1645 and the King and Queen mother in 1649. To achieve the raised enamel decoration to the edges of the case and bezel, multiple layers of enamel paint were applied to the surface of the case. The use of turquoise enamel to entirely cover the surface of a watch case is highly unusual and the use of this colour is known in only a small handful of watches. One of the most famous watches to incorporate a turquoise enamel ground to its case is an extraordinary watch from the same collection as the present lot by Jehan Cremsdorff, Paris, which also dates to c.1650. For the Cremsdorff watch, see: Sotheby's, Treasures, 3 July 2019, lot 4.

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