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ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF SPIEGEL | A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM, CIRCA 1750 NO. 643

Estimate:

7,500 - 8,500 GBP

Property from an Important Italian Collection

ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF SPIEGEL | A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM, CIRCA 1750 NO. 643

ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF SPIEGEL | A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM, CIRCA 1750 NO. 643

Estimate:

7,500 - 8,500 GBP

Lot sold:

17,640

GBP

Property from an Important Italian Collection


ATTRIBUTED TO JOSEF SPIEGEL


A LARGE SILVER REPOUSSE QUARTER STRIKING AND REPEATING COACH WATCH WITH DATE AND ALARM

CIRCA 1750 NO. 643


Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, pierced balance cock decoratively engraved with foliage and a grotesque mask to the neck, silver regulation plate, four trains for alarm, repeater, strike and time, hour hammers striking on a bell, fusee and chain, interior bezel and barrels with decorative engraving, stylised pillars, bearing the signature Miroir, Paris, No. 643

Dial: silver champlevé, Roman numerals, outer arcaded Arabic minute ring, central alarm indicator disc, aperture for date above XII, blued steel hands

Case: silver, the back with repoussé chased and engraved scene depicting Cleopatra and Octavian, surrounded by shell and scrollwork boarders, four apertures to the centre for winding the separate trains, the bezels pierced and engraved with scrolling foliage, aperture to the bezel between 6 and 7 o'clock for the pull repeat, maker's mark I.L.B (possibly for Johann Ludwig Biller the younger)


diameter 123mm


Accompanied by a later fitted presentation case. 

Movement: running at the time of cataloguing. Striking, repeating and alarm functioning.

Dial: some light scratches to the dial, rust to the hands

Case: wear to the repousse and tarnishing but overall in good condition.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.


You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.


Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."


**Please be advised that bands 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."

Although signed by Miroir, London, this coach watch is of German origin and was likely made in Friedberg by the watchmaker Josef Spiegel. A half-quarter repeating coach watch by Spiegel can be found in the British Museum, to the movement of that watch, Spiegel has signed his surname in reverse: 'Jo Legeips, London.'  Spiegel itself translates as 'mirror' in English and it would therefore appear that the maker's use of reversed signatures as well as signing other watches using the French word for mirror (miroir) was carried out somewhat tongue in cheek. A very similar coach watch with almost identical repoussé scene but bearing the signature Miroir, London was sold at Sotheby's London, 2 July 2019, lot 55.