A few watch cases of similar design to the present piece are known and their enamel work is usually attributed to the Huaud family. The portrait to the interior of the watch is a familiar image of a gentleman dressed in a flamboyant costume and wearing an elaborate plumed helmet, traditionally considered to be a depiction of Louis XIV appearing as Apollo, the Sun King, in the Court Ballet de la Nuit in 1653. The style of the enamel decoration would suggest an attribution to Pierre Huaud II (1647-1698) eldest son of Pierre Huaud I (1612-1680). Pierre Huaud II's work exhibits many of the characteristics employed by his father, namely the flinqué
ground with translucent enamel and the raised en-ronde-bosse
enamel borders decorated with flowers and foliage. A watch with movement by Jean-Baptiste Duboule in the collection of the Patek Philippe Museum has a case of similar design to the present watch; attributed to Pierre Huaud's brother, Jean-Pierre (1655-1723), the latter watch also features Minerva to the case back and a figure with a plumed helmet to the inside case back, the Duboule watch's enamel borders are also executed en-ronde-bosse
in a similar manner to the present watch.
For the Duboule watch, see: P. Friess, Patek Philippe Museum
, Vol. III, Inv. S-130 p.202). For a further similar watch attributable to the Huauds but with movement by Isaac Gravelle, see: Sotheby's Geneva, 10 May 2009, lot 108.
Denis Bordier was born in Geneva in 1629 and died in 1708.