Lot 55
  • 55

ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF SPIEGEL | A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATECIRCA 1750

Estimate
8,500 - 13,000 GBP
Sold
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Description

  • A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATECIRCA 1750
  • diameter 115mm
• Movement: gilt full plate, verge escapement, pierced balance cock decoratively engraved with foliage and a grotesque mask at the neck, silver regulation plate, four trains for the alarm, repeater, strike and time, four hammers striking on nesting bell, interior bezel and barrels with decorative engraving, stylised lyre-form pillars, fusee and chain, bearing the signature Miroir, London and numbered 55 • Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals, outer arcaded Arabic minute ring, central alarm indicator disc, aperture for date above 12 o'clock, blued steel beetle and poker hands, setting square for alarm disc above 6 o'clock• Case: silver, the back with repoussé chased and engraved scene of the Arts and Trades with Mercury, surrounded by shell and scrollwork borders, four apertures to the centre for winding the separate trains, the bezels pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage and shell motifs, aperture to the bezel between 6 and 7 o'clock for the pull repeat

Catalogue Note

Although signed by Miroir, London, this coach watch is of German origin and was likely made in Friedberg by the watchmaker Josef Spiegel. A half-quarter repeating coach watch by Spiegel can be found in the British Museum, to the movement of that watch, Spiegel has signed his surname in reverse: 'Jo Legeips, London.'  Spiegel itself translates as 'mirror' in English and it would therefore appear that the maker's use of reversed signatures as well as signing other watches using the French word for mirror (miroir) was carried out somewhat tongue in cheek. A very similar coach watch with almost identical repoussé scene but bearing the signature Gilles De Beefe was sold at Sotheby's New York, 10 December 2015, lot 237.
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