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

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Flournoy à Paris
A RARE GOLD MOUNTED SINGLE CASED PORCELAIN WATCH WITH POLYCHROME ENAMEL PAINTED PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN ATTRIBUTED TO MEISSEN CIRCA 1750
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, plain flat balance, decoratively pierced balance bridge engraved with scrolling foliage, silver regulation plate, turned baluster pillars, fusee and chain, signed Flournoy à Paris
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, gilt filigree hands, aperture for winding
Case: porcelain back attributed to Meissen painted with a portrait of an unidentified gentleman wearing a plumed hat and cape, the bezel with later polychrome enamel painted panels of summer flowers, the inside back plain white, chased and engraved mounts
diameter 41mm
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Catalogue Note

Meissen employed several very capable miniaturist painters, amongst whom was Johann Jacob Wagner who may be responsible for the portrait on the present watch case. Wagner was the son of a court goldsmith from Eisenach, he was employed at Meissen in 1738 and soon acquired a reputation for painting fine portraits; his work is more usually found on the lids of snuff boxes.

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

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Geneva