View full screen - View 1 of Lot 558. A RARE AND LARGE GOLD AND ENAMEL TWO-TRAIN DOUBLE DIALLED AND DOUBLE AUTOMATA QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH JACQUEMARTS, VISIBLE BALANCE AND AUTOMATA SCENE CIRCA 1800 [ 瑞士製罕見大型黃金畫琺瑯雙錶盤二問活動人偶懷錶,備雙傳動鏈系統及透視擺輪,年份約1800].
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A RARE AND LARGE GOLD AND ENAMEL TWO-TRAIN DOUBLE DIALLED AND DOUBLE AUTOMATA QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH JACQUEMARTS, VISIBLE BALANCE AND AUTOMATA SCENE CIRCA 1800 [ 瑞士製罕見大型黃金畫琺瑯雙錶盤二問活動人偶懷錶,備雙傳動鏈系統及透視擺輪,年份約1800]

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A RARE AND LARGE GOLD AND ENAMEL TWO-TRAIN DOUBLE DIALLED AND DOUBLE AUTOMATA QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH JACQUEMARTS, VISIBLE BALANCE AND AUTOMATA SCENE CIRCA 1800 [ 瑞士製罕見大型黃金畫琺瑯雙錶盤二問活動人偶懷錶,備雙傳動鏈系統及透視擺輪,年份約1800]

A RARE AND LARGE GOLD AND ENAMEL TWO-TRAIN DOUBLE DIALLED AND DOUBLE AUTOMATA QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH JACQUEMARTS, VISIBLE BALANCE AND AUTOMATA SCENE CIRCA 1800 [ 瑞士製罕見大型黃金畫琺瑯雙錶盤二問活動人偶懷錶,備雙傳動鏈系統及透視擺輪,年份約1800]

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A RARE AND LARGE GOLD AND ENAMEL TWO-TRAIN DOUBLE DIALLED AND DOUBLE AUTOMATA QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH JACQUEMARTS, VISIBLE BALANCE AND AUTOMATA SCENE

CIRCA 1800

[ 瑞士製罕見大型黃金畫琺瑯雙錶盤二問活動人偶懷錶,備雙傳動鏈系統及透視擺輪,年份約1800]


Movement: full plate, two-train, cylinder escapement, plain cylindrical pillars, repeating on a bell mounted through the front dial 

Dials: front - with blue enamel ground, small white subsidiary dial for time, two vari-colour gold jacquemarts each with automaton arm holding a polished steel hammer striking a bell mounted beneath a polychrome enamel painted plaque depicting a pair of newly weds in a landscape, inset white date dial • back dial with polychrome enamel painted village scene, a windmill in the background, applied vari-colour gold decoration to the foreground, the automata consisting of turning paste-set sails of the windmill and wheel of a watermill whilst a fisherman raises and lowers his rod and a donkey drinks from a moving stream of water formed from a glass rod, aperture for visible balance against a polished steel disc, inset blued steel dial for regulation

Case: pink gold, the front bezel with pierced sides and decoratively engraved with flowers and foliage


diameter 66mm


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Movement: not running, not repeating and automata not active at time of cataloguing. Dials: a couple of faint hairline cracks behind the figure of the fisherman to the automata scene, signs of heat repair to the figure itself. Minor small hairline to blue enamel of the front dial at 10 and some minor chipping at the very edge above 12 o'clock. Otherwise the dials appear to be in good overall condition. Case: splitting and repairs to case band around the pierced decoration to left side of front bezel. Small marks and scratches.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Sir David Salomons
Christie's Geneva, 13 November 1985, lot 198
A. Chapuis & E. Gélis, Les Mondes des Automates, Paris, 1928, p. 61,63 & fig. 342 
Commonly, Jacquemarts figures mounted to watches merely imitate the striking of a bell. Unusually the vari-colour gold figures of a gentleman and a lady mounted to the front dial of this watch hold polished steel hammers which actually strike and sound a bell which is mounted beneath the polychrome enamel painted plaque. The painted plaque itself depicts a newly wedded couple and the striking Jacquemarts appear to celebrate the scene. It is rare to find watches of this type incorporating a double automata, in this instance, the back of the watch incorporates a separate automata scene which depicts a fisherman raising and lowering his rod whilst the wheel of a watermill and sails of a windmill turn, to the right hand side of the scene a donkey appears to drink from a moving stream.