'THE KNIFE GRINDERS' CHEVALIER ET COCHET | A GOLD AND ENAMEL AUTOMATON WATCH FOR THE CHINESE MARKET CIRCA 1800
'THE KNIFE GRINDERS'
CHEVALIER ET COCHET
A GOLD AND ENAMEL AUTOMATON WATCH FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, automaton driven by a separate spring barrel and train, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, signed Chevalier et Cochet, the reverse with automaton scene depicting vari-colour gold figures of a knife grinder at his stone, his apprentice turning a large wheel, turning glass rod simulating water, small windmill with rotating sails in the distance, plain gold case with glazed covers, with a chain and key
Movement: runs at the time of cataloguing. Automaton not working. One screw holding the movement in place missing, movement loose in the case.
Dial: light scratches and chips around the winding holes
Automaton dial: enamel in good condition. Slight tarnishing to vari-colour gold
Case: with scuffs throughout
"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."
For watches with similar scenes see: Ian White & Julia Clarke, The Majesty of the Chinese-Market Watch, 2019, pp. 188-189.
Chevalier & Cochet were active in Paris c. 1790-1805, see: Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, 1971, vol. 1, p. 128