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Joh. Jac. Serner, Lübeck
A SILVER WANDERING HOUR WATCH WITH ENAMEL PORTRAITS OF A GENTLEMAN AND LADY IN ASSOCIATED SHAGREEN OUTER CASE CIRCA 1720
Estimate
6,0008,500
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Joh. Jac. Serner, Lübeck
A SILVER WANDERING HOUR WATCH WITH ENAMEL PORTRAITS OF A GENTLEMAN AND LADY IN ASSOCIATED SHAGREEN OUTER CASE CIRCA 1720
Estimate
6,0008,500
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Joh. Jac. Serner, Lübeck
A SILVER WANDERING HOUR WATCH WITH ENAMEL PORTRAITS OF A GENTLEMAN AND LADY IN ASSOCIATED SHAGREEN OUTER CASE CIRCA 1720
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, engraved winged balance cock mounted with a polychrome enamel painted miniature of a lady, broad pierced and engraved cock foot, silver regulation disc, Egyptian pillars, fusee and chain, signed Joh. Jac. Serner, Lübeck
Dial: gilded sector with wandering hour aperture decoratively engraved with scrolling foliage, semi-circular silver sectors above and below respectively for minutes and quarter hours, polychrome enamel painted portrait bust possibly of Frederick I of Prussia (1657-1713) surrounded by applied gilded, chased and engraved military trophies
Cases: plain silver inner, split bezel for glass retention, pendant with later ring • associated outer case of gilt metal with shagreen covering, heightened with gilded pin work decoration
diameter of outer case 57mm, inner 50mm
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Provenance

Antiquorum Geneva, 24 April 2004, lot 121

Catalogue Note

Jürgen Abeler, in his book Meister der Uhrmacherkunst [1977, p.279] records that Johnann Jakob Serner was married twice, once in 1702 and a second time in 1717. Serner died around 1728.

In Watches, by Cecil Clutton and George Daniels, [1965, p.77] the authors write: “a peculiarity of the wandering hour watches is that nearly, if not quite all, surviving English specimens have a royal attribution, such as a royal portrait." Interestingly in this Lübeck made watch, the practice of applying a monarch's portrait to the dial appears to be continued. For a detailed explanation of how the wandering hour dial works see: op. cit. pp. 76-77. 

A similar piece by the same maker was sold at Christies, Geneva, November 2009, lot 351.

 

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