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Hildebrand, Nuremburg
A SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH MOCK PENDULUM AND CONCEALED ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF A LADY CIRCA 1705
Estimation
3 5005 000
Lot. Vendu 3,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Hildebrand, Nuremburg
A SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH MOCK PENDULUM AND CONCEALED ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF A LADY CIRCA 1705
Estimation
3 5005 000
Lot. Vendu 3,500 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Hildebrand, Nuremburg
A SILVER PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH MOCK PENDULUM AND CONCEALED ENAMEL PORTRAIT OF A LADY CIRCA 1705
Movement: gilded full plate, the backplate with polychrome enamel painted portrait of a lady with blue ribbons in her hair surrounded by a decoratively engraved border, verge escapement, fusee and chain, scroll top Egyptian pillars, signed Hildebrand 
• Dial: silver champlevé dial, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands, central banner engraved Nürnb and surrounded by scrolls, glazed aperture to reveal the mock pendulum with banner above signed Hildebrand, gilded subsidiary dials/squares marked for regulation
Cases: silver inner case, split bezel for glass retention, the back with winding aperture, stirrup pendant and bow, case maker's mark IP? beneath a crown • plain silver outer case
diameter of outer case 56mm
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Description

Jürgen Abeler, in his book Meister der Uhrmacherkunst [1977, p.279] records that Jo. Christian Hildebrand from Nuremberg became a Master in 1705.

The dial is handsomely arranged with an off-set chapter ring beneath which an aperture reveals the balance, an arm of which is affixed with a disc to mimic the action of a pendulum. The placement of the balance to the movement’s top plate allows for the addition of the enamel portrait plaque to the backplate. The lady in the portrait who has ribbons in her hair may be the Duchesse de Fontanges (1660-1681), mistress of Louis XIV. It is said that the Duchesse – who was considered a great beauty - tied ribbon in her hair after she lost her hat whilst riding and that, thereafter, the ladies of the court wore their hair up, tied with a fontange. Similar portraits are known from watches by Simon de Charmes; for a similar example see: Sotheby's London, 6 July 2017, lot 13.

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