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Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Rigault, Blois
A SILVER VERGE WATCH WITH LATER LACQUERED PORTRAITS CIRCA 1640-1660, PORTRAITS AFTER 1850
Movement: gilded oval full plate, verge escapement, plain flat steel two-arm balance, decoratively pierced pinned-on balance cock engraved with flowers and foliage, blued steel wheel and click set-up, fusee and gut line, the back of the dial plate with decoratively engraved oval border of flowers and foliage, turned baluster pillars, backplate signed Rigault, Blois
Dial: silver, engraved Roman numerals filled with black wax, stylised fleur-de-lys half hour divisions between, quarter hour divisions to the ring beneath, gilded engraved border, single turned blued steel hand 
Case: silver, the back with later vernis Martin-style lacquered portrait of a gentleman, the interior with further later lacquered portrait of Frederik V of Denmark, bezel split for glass retention, plain ring pendant
diameter 34mm
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Catalogue Note

At least three members of the Rigault family worked in Blois between 1619 and 1692(see Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Vol.II, 1971, p.555).

Although the movement is mounted on a round dial plate, the two are not a 'marriage'. The engraving to the dial plate which frames the oval movement plate is correct for a date of circa 1660-1670 which would suggest that the movement was either re-used from a previous watch or perhaps was an unused 'old stock' piece - the latter explanation seems the most likely since the fit is perfect and there are a lack of holes or marks indicating earlier use. The 'vernis Martin' style painted portraits are later and date from the mid 18th century onwards.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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