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

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte
A SPLENDID LADY'S GOLD, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND-SET HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER WATCH CIRCA 1884, NO. 17686
Movement: 1a quality, 13''' decoratively engraved German silver ¾ plate, gold lever and escape wheel, some jewels carried in gold screwed chatons, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, two polished hammers repeating on coiled gongs, signed and numbered A. Lange & Söhne, bei Dresden, 17686
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, sunken subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands, signed A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte b/ Dresden, no.17686
Case: "Lucia" 18ct gold, the covers with opaque black enamel and each bordered with a rose-cut diamond-set victory wreath, the front with diamond-set monogram WS, the back with diamond-set date 14 Dber 1884, case back signed A. L. & S., case and cuvette numbered 17686
diameter 37mm
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Provenance

Sotheby's Geneva, 12 May 1988, lot 200

Literature

Martin Huber, Die Uhren von A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte Sachsen, 1988, p.182 table 78
Martin Huber, Die Lange Liste, 2000, pp. 231-232

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a certificate of origin from the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Glashütte confirming the date of sale on 4th August 1884 to Fredrich Wilke Guben for 1624. -M of which 700.-M accounted for the decoration. Case design with monogram, myrtle wreath and diamonds.  

Lange produced approximately 41 lady's quarter repeaters, of which only ten have been offered at auction to the best of our knowledge.

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

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Geneva