SWISS | TWO RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTING CASED PRESENTATION WATCHES WITH THE PORTRAIT OF NASER AL-DIN SHAH OF PERSIA, CIRCA 1890 | 瑞士製 |罕有黃金畫琺瑯懷錶一對，飾波斯國王納賽爾丁沙像，年份約1890
TWO RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTING CASED PRESENTATION WATCHES WITH THE PORTRAIT OF NASER AL-DIN SHAH OF PERSIA
Dial: white enamel
Caliber: 18'" ligne movement, 10 jewels
Case: yellow gold, front panel centered by a peinture sur émail portrait of Naser al-Din Shah of Persia in a royal interior, the reverse with the Lion and Sun crest of Persia over a red guilloché ground, the surround with vari-colored bouquets bordered on each side by polychrome enamel floral sprays
Case number: 2064
Size: diameter 46 mm
Dial: white enamel, with hairlines
Caliber: 19'" ligne movement, 10 jewels
Case: yellow gold, front panel centered by a peinture sur émail portrait of Naser al-Din Shah of Persia in a royal interior, the reverse with the Lion and Sun crest of Persia over guilloché ground, the surround with blue scrolling foliate horizontally bordered by vases with pink bouquets
Case number: 3831
Size: diameter 49 mm
Case with wear and patina throughout. Indentations and some areas of pitting to the case band. Enamel panels with light wear and scuffs. Portrait panel with an area of loss at the top of the floral bouquet. The spring to the front lid is sprung and requires repair.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, a routine service is recommended. It was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
Case with wear and patina throughout. Coin edged case band with indentations and pitting. Enamel panels intact, with some wear and scuffs consistent with age. The enameled panels has been restored in soft enamel.
Dial without crystal glazing. Dial with hairlines especially between 12 -3. Hands with oxidation. Subsidiary dial hand is missing.
We would recommend a service for proper operation.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
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The fine peinture sur émail portraits featured in these two watches are that of Naser al-Din, Shah of Persia. The Shah's reign from 1846-1898 became the third longest reign in the Iranian Monarchy's history, spanning close to 50 years. He became the first leader of his country to visit Europe.
On the second of his three tours of Europe in 1873, he recorded his travels in a diary which was later translated into several languages. During that trip, Queen Victoria appointed him a Knight of the Order of the Garter, one of the greatest orders of chivalry second only by the Victoria, and George Cross.
He was particularly interested in technology and the fine arts, especially inspired during his tours in Europe. Though never formally trained, the Shah himself was an avid painter and photographer. These fine hunting cased watches match the interest of the Shah seamlessly. His likeness and Persian crest are deftly rendered in the enameling techniques revered in Europe. These pieces were likely commissioned as a gift to his hosts during his travels.