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PATEK PHILIPPE & CO., GENÈVE | A FINE AND RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH ENAMEL PORTRAIT MINIATURE SIGNED BY CHARLES-LOUIS GLARDON1868, NO. 34.646

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8,000 - 12,000 CHF
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  • Patek Philippe & Co., Genève
  • A FINE AND RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH ENAMEL PORTRAIT MINIATURE SIGNED BY CHARLES-LOUIS GLARDON1868, NO. 34.646
  • diameter 48mm
• Movement: 19''' damascened, lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, signed and numbered Patek Philippe & Co., no.34646• Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring with Arabic 5-minute divisions, sunken subsidiary seconds with Arabic 10-second divisions, blued steel hands• Case: 18ct pink gold, the back with polychrome enamel portrait miniature of a lady signed C. Glardon, gold border of chased and engraved scrolling foliage, milled bezels, plain polished band

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1868 and sale on 29 March 1871. The Extract further confirms the watch with painted portrait noting: "portrait painted on case back with guilloché frame knurled bezel". The portrait miniature was painted by the artist Charles-Louis Glardon (1825-1887). Glardon was a Swiss enameller made famous by his exceptionally fine enamel portraits. He was a very talented draughtsman who aimed to 'paint on the paste exactly as one paints on a canvas' (Emaux et Miniatures, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Genève, 1955, p. 20). He was trained by his equally famous and talented brother Jacques Aimé Glardon (1815-1862 ).

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