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Ilbery, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL-SET AUTOMATON WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1810
Estimate
17,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 GBP
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89
Ilbery, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL-SET AUTOMATON WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1810
Estimate
17,00026,000
LOT SOLD. 22,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Ilbery, London
A FINE AND RARE GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL-SET AUTOMATON WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1810
Movement: gilded, cylinder escapement, two-trains and separate standing barrels for going and automata, three-arm brass balance wheel, slide for activating automata close to case hinge 
Dial: small white enamel dial with Roman numerals and outer Arabic minute ring, the five-motion automaton consisting of three vari-coloured Cupids in the foreground, one on a grinder, one at an anvil, and another at an oven with rotative depiction of fire, all within a polychrome painted enamel scene of Cupid's Forge of Love with a pair of lovebirds to the foreground, all against a polychrome painted enamel lakeside landscape
Case: gold case with translucent blue enamel over engine turning, split-pearl-set bezels, the case back released via a pusher set to the pendant, stirrup bow • gilt metal cuvette with opening catch beneath the pendant, plain polished gilt metal cuvette signed Ilbery London to the interior
diameter 57mm
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Catalogue Note

The present watch bears the signature of Ilbery to the cuvette, however it was likely created by another workshop and subsequently retailed by Ilbery. A further similar example was sold at Sotheby's New York, 10 December 2015, lot 199. A further example of the automaton of the Cupid's Forge theme is illustrated in Watches & Automata, The Maurice Sandoz Collection, plate I.20, page 126. 

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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