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William Ilbery, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD, ENAMEL, HARDSTONE AND SEED PEARL-SET CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1800, NO. 6119
Estimate
35,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
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William Ilbery, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD, ENAMEL, HARDSTONE AND SEED PEARL-SET CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1800, NO. 6119
Estimate
35,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
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William Ilbery, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD, ENAMEL, HARDSTONE AND SEED PEARL-SET CENTRE SECONDS DUPLEX WATCH MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1800, NO. 6119
Movement: gilded and engraved with scrolls, flowers and foliage, duplex escapement, polished five-arm steel balance, diamond endstone, standing barrel, signed and numbered Ilbery, London, 6119 
Dial: white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, gold moon hands, centre seconds
Case: pear-shaped, the gold frame inset with alternating shaped sections of moss agate and striated carnelian, the back centred with a hinged panel set with a single moss agate roundel, its bezel set with seed pearls, two red guilloché enamel escutcheons above, the pendant, bow and finial decorated with polychrome champlevé and guilloché enamel geometric and foliate motifs, similarly decorated terminal
length including pendant and terminal 108mm, width 66mm
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Catalogue Note

A very similar watch was sold at: Sotheby & Co: The Palace Collections of Egypt, 12th March, 1954, lot 560. For further watches by Ilbery which have cases of different shape to the present watch but which are decorated with panels in a similar manner, see: Sotheby's, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, 2 December 1999, lot 29 and Sotheby's, The Belin Collection, 29 November 1979, lot 98.  For a nearly identical Ilbery watch, No. 6117, see: Peter Friess, Patek Philippe Museum, p. 385, inv. no. S-114.

William Ilbery succeeded his father John in the family business and became the leading partner of the firm, where he worked along with his brother James.  William was active from 1780 until his retirement in the mid-1840s.  While James travelled extensively to Canton as a representative of the firm, William ran the business predominantly from London.  He is best known for the production of luxury watches for the Chinese Market and arguably set the new fashion for all watches made for the Asian Market.  While William's father John usually made watches with a verge escapement, William favoured pieces  of Swiss manufacture with the traditional duplex escapement, as seen in the present lot. 

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