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Details & Cataloguing

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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Genève

Swiss
A RARE GOLD AND ENAMEL AUTOMATA WATCH DEPICTING A KITCHEN SCENE CIRCA 1820
Movement: gilded full plate, verge escapement, cylindrical pillars, fusee and chain, automata driven by a separate spring barrel and train driving the automata by means of cams and levers
• Dials: time dial: white enamel, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, separate apertures for winding going and automata trains • automata dial: polychrome enamel painted and vari-colour gold kitchen scene, a seated lady spins her yarn, her left arm moving and her leg operating a pedal to turn her spinning wheel whilst two chickens turn upon a spit roasting in front of the fire, the coals within which also turn, above a dog runs inside a wheel to power the spit jack, at the right water runs from a fountain, below a vari-coloured gold scene depicts a child and a dog playing with a cat by a basket of vegetables
Case: plain gold polished, chamfered bezels, lever at 5 o'clock for operating the automata scene, regulation arm between 2 and 3 o'clock 
diameter 58.5mm
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Description

A watch with a similar kitchen scene can be found on a watch signed by Simon Gounouilhou, Geneva, the latter illustrated in E. Jaquet, A Chapuis, Technique and History of the Swiss Watch, 1970, plate 96. Pierre-Simon Gounouilhou (1779-1847) settled in Geneva in 1799 and quickly established a reputation as an inventive and talented maker of watches, automata and musical boxes. For similar watches see Sotheby's Geneva, 15 May 2011, lot 57 and the Patek Philippe Museum inv. S-962 - the latter illustrated in P. Friess, Patek Philippe Museum - The Emergence of the Portable Timepiece, Vol.IV, p.37.

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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