UNSIGNED | AN UNUSUAL IVORY OPEN-FACED WATCH WITH IVORY LINK CHAIN IN THE STYLE OF BRONIKOFF, PROBABLY RUSSIANLATE 19TH CENTURY
1,500 - 2,500 GBP
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- AN UNUSUAL IVORY OPEN-FACED WATCH WITH IVORY LINK CHAIN IN THE STYLE OF BRONIKOFF, PROBABLY RUSSIANLATE 19TH CENTURY
- diameter 51mm, length overall 180mm
• Movement: skeletonised ivory, lever escapement, three-arm balance with steel spiral spring• Dial: partially skeletonised ivory, chapter ring with Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, ivory moon hands, visible balance to lower half of dial• Case: engraved bezels and band, plain bow, lacking crystals • matching ivory link chain with female key
Bronnikoff was a sculptor with thorough mechanical knowledge, famous in the second half of the 19th century for his skill in utilising wood and bone to make charms, decorative objects, and watches. He lived in Vjatka, where the climate of the town, hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter, influenced the craftsman's predilection for wood and bone, as these materials are not subject to the thermal variations created by extreme temperatures.