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Jos. Biergans, München
A VERY FINE LADY'S GOLD, DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE AND RUBY-SET HUNTING CASED WATCH PRESENTED BY LUDWIG II TO HIS MOTHER QUEEN MARIA VON BAYERN CIRCA 1880, NO. 28279
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Jos. Biergans, München
A VERY FINE LADY'S GOLD, DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE AND RUBY-SET HUNTING CASED WATCH PRESENTED BY LUDWIG II TO HIS MOTHER QUEEN MARIA VON BAYERN CIRCA 1880, NO. 28279
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Jos. Biergans, München
A VERY FINE LADY'S GOLD, DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE AND RUBY-SET HUNTING CASED WATCH PRESENTED BY LUDWIG II TO HIS MOTHER QUEEN MARIA VON BAYERN CIRCA 1880, NO. 28279
Movement: gilded bar cylinder, jewelled to the centre, flat three-arm balance, gold cuvette signed Jos. Biergans, München and numbered 28279
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring
Case: pink gold, matt finished covers, the front with yellow gold diamond-set star motif the centre set with a single ruby, case back with yellow gold sapphire-set 'L' surrounded by translucent green enamel leaves, the winder in the form of a crown surmounted by a cross, the band and bow set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires, lever for hand-set beneath the bezel at 4 o'clock, pusher to left of crown to open the case front
Accompaniments: with a blue velvet fitted box and a handwritten note dated 1880
diameter 36mm
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Provenance

Sotheby's Geneva, 16 November 1999, lot 417

Catalogue Note

King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886) became a devoted patron of the arts during his rule, often spending lavish amounts of money on extravagant artistic and architectural projects. The present lot is one of several known presentation watches given by Ludwig to friends and family members as gifts. Ludwig II gave the present lot to his mother, Queen Marie of Prussia on 8 September 1880, a handwritten note accompanying the watch states: "Watch: red gold with diamond star and 1 ruby and "L" of sapphires: From Ludwig on the 8th September Hohenschwangau 1880". The watch is part of a lot previously sold at Sotheby's Geneva (16 November 1999, lot 417); the consignor to that auction had acquired the watch from the estate of the late Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria.

Queen Marie (1825-1889) outlived Ludwig, and upon her death her second son, King Otto of Bavaria (1848-1916) inherited the present piece. The watch was subsequently left to Prince Joseph Clemens of Bavaria (1902-1990). At the time of the 1999 auction, the watch was sold together with an enamel box and these were accompanied by a letter written by Prince Joseph and dated 1926 which confirmed the authenticity of the note currently with the watch as that of Queen Maria as well as the provenance of the watch. 

The watch bears a sapphire-set initial of Ludwig surrounded by foliage to one side, while the front lid contains rose-cut diamonds in the shape of a star, centred by a cushion-shaped ruby. While beautifully rendered, this watch is less ostentatious than many other watches commissioned by Ludwig. He famously had a fractious relationship with his family members throughout his life.

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