A GOLD AND LAPIS LAZULI ETUI WITH INTEGRATED TIMEPIECE, LONDON, CIRCA 1760
quiver form, the lapis lazuli panels with within richly-chased borders chased with flowers and scrolls on a sablé ground, the push piece within stylised shell and architectural ornaments, the lid inset with a champlévé dial signed 'Pyke London', fusee movement with verge escapement, the interior fitted with folding knife, scissors, ivory writing slips, pencil, tweezers, scraper and spoon, unmarked
11.8cm., 4⅝in. high, the dial 2.6cm., 1 in. diameter
Overall in good order; the lid of the etui does not fully shut, pushpiece slightly jammed; the watch movement currently working, but Sotheby's does not
guarantee the functioning of movements; the small gold pin for the domed glass lid missing, implements complete
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King Farouk of Egypt (1936-1965) until 1952;
Sotheby & Co., The Palace Collections of Egypt, sale, Cairo, 10-17 March 1954, lot 615, illustrated pl. 33
John Pyke II, listed as working at Grays Inn, London, between 1747 and 1780, was a clockmaker and watchmaker to the Prince of Wales. He benefited from the equally excellent reputation of his father, John Pyke I, whose clocks are to be found in major museum collections, such as a painted pine table clock, circa 1740, in the Royal Collections (RCIN 30421). For a very similar gold and agate etui with a watch by John Pyke II, see Christie's, Important Watches sale, New York, 24 April 2008, lot 29.