A GOLD AND ENAMEL QUARTER REPEATING WATCH WITH DOUBLE WATERFALL AUTOMATA AND JACQUEMARTS
gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance bridge, striking coiled gongs to the inside back, unsigned, white enamel dial with Arabic numerals set to a gold plate with opaque light blue enamel background, chased and engraved gold balustrade with urns to the back, applied gilt-metal pedestals with two Jacquemart figures seemingly striking two bells held by a putti at the top of the dial, the Jacquemarts' arms moving in unison with the repetition, the pedestals each with a turning metal rod simulating water fountains pouring into a trough at the base, a swan within the trough bobs its head as the quarter hours strike whilst a dog beneath looks on, aperture for winding, gold case, the back with asymmetrical restored polychrome enamel painted medallion depicting a mother and child within a landscape setting with feather form engraved borders now lacking translucent enamel, opaque black and white enamel half roundels above and below with, respectively, two applied gold love birds and a cherub, bezels with blue translucent enamel heightened with a gold stringing interspersed by silver roundels, pendant numbered 64
Movement: running at time of cataloguing. Repeating work, jacquemarts, fountain rods and bobbing swan are all operational.
Dial: with damage and repair between 9 and 10 o'clock, semi-circular hairline crack between 6 and 7 o'clock. Damage and repair to light blue enamel between the white enamel dial and the left hand jacquemart figure. Some cracking to the dark blue guilloche enamel.
Case: painted panel to back has been restored in soft enamel. Some chips, scratches and damage to bezels - especially below case catch opening and beneath pendant. Inner edge of case back with rippling, wear and some pin holes. Glass loose.
"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."
Jacquemart figures were a popular addition to repeating watches at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. Influenced by 'striking' figures found on some early European clocks, the automated Jacquemart figures are synchronized with the watch's repeating work, thereby giving the illusion that they are creating the sound of the repetition. The majority of repeating watches with Jacquemart figures do not incorporate additional automata and the present watch is especially unusual for also displaying the movement of the fountains and the bobbing swan.