CHARLES MUGNIER | A GOLD OPEN-FACED QUARTER REPEATING WATCH CIRCA 1820, NO. 860
This lot has been withdrawn
A GOLD OPEN-FACED QUARTER REPEATING WATCH
CIRCA 1820, NO. 860
• Movement: ruby cylinder escapement, plain three-arm brass balance, parachute suspension, repeating on a single steel gong
• Dial: engine-turned gold centre, white enamel chapter ring with outer five-minute divisions, Roman numerals, blued steel Breguet hands, signed Mugnier Horloger De L'Empereur et Roi
• Case: gold engine-turned case with reeded band, polished gold cuvette held by sliding button and with apertures for winding and regulation, signed and numbered Mugnier Horloger De L'Empereur et Roi, No. 860, indistinct case maker's marks, case numbered 2710
Accompanied by a chain, winding key and associated Desoutter retailer's presentation case.
Movement: not running or repeating
Dial: cracks to the enamel chapter ring, light scuffs to the engine-turned centre
Case: engine-turning retaining good definition, light 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."
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The Sir David Salomons Collection
Vera Bryce Salomons
L.A. Mayer Memorial Institute, Jerusalem, inventory no. WA 12-70
George Daniels & Ohannes Markarian, Watches and Clocks in the Sir David Salomons Collection, 1980, pp. 178, fig. 106
Charles Mugnier is listed in Paris between 1812-1824 and as maker to the Napoleon and Louis XVIII. He was known to have copied Breguet's souscription watches.