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Ellicott, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD AND ENAMEL HALF QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH ENAMEL SCENE BY GEORGE MICHAEL MOSER 1760-1761, NO. 4819
Estimation
10 00015 000
Lot. Vendu 21,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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61
Ellicott, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD AND ENAMEL HALF QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH ENAMEL SCENE BY GEORGE MICHAEL MOSER 1760-1761, NO. 4819
Estimation
10 00015 000
Lot. Vendu 21,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Ellicott, London
A MAGNIFICENT GOLD AND ENAMEL HALF QUARTER REPEATING PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH WITH ENAMEL SCENE BY GEORGE MICHAEL MOSER 1760-1761, NO. 4819
Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, diamond endstone, fusee and chain, cylindrical pillars, two polished steel hammers repeating on a bell to the inside of the back, gilt metal dust cap, movement and dust cap signed and numbered Ellicott, London, 4819, bell signed Drury
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring, blued steel beetle and poker hands
Cases: gold inner, the back with winding aperture, engraved scrolling decoration, the band pierced for sound emission and engraved with scrolling foliage, a pastoral scene beneath the bow, a grotesque mask to the base, indistinct case maker's mark and numbered 4819 • gold outer with polychrome painted enamel scene depicting Apollo and the Muses, surrounded by an embossed cartouche, the band and bezel pierced for sound emission and engraved with scrolling foliage, signed beneath the scene G. M. Moser
diameter of outer case 49 mm, inner case 41 mm
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Provenance

Uto Zurich, 17 October 1977, lot 122
Christie's Geneva, 12 November 1986, lot 322

Bibliographie

Richard Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser, Oxford, 2000, p.110

Description

In his book, The Art of the Gold Chaser, Richard Edgcumbe describes the scene to the case back thus: "Apollo and the four muses: from left to right, Melpomène with a sceptre, Calliope with the text of an epic poem, Clio with a laurel wreath and a book, and, probably, Polyhymnia." Edgcumbe further notes that: "The figure of Calliope derives directly from an engraving executed by Edmé Jeaurat in 1719 after Nicolas Vleughels entitled Apollon, Melpomène, Calliope, Clio...the figure of Polyhymnia may have her origins in another engraving, Uranie et Polymnie, in the same sequence. The figure of Apollo, which is different from Vleughels Apollo has the same attitude as a figure of Victory in a roundel after Antoine Coypel.

George Michael Moser was one of the most prominent chasers and enamel miniaturists of his day. He moved to London in 1726, where he worked for a coppersmith and then a cabinet maker. His skill was such that he became drawing-master to King George III and designed the Great Seal for him. Throughout his career, Moser worked mainly with Thomas Mudge, George Graham, William Webster, and John Ellicott. He specialized in figural renderings and often used classical sources for his scenes. He was widely respected in the artistic field, and was one of the original founders of the Royal Academy along with Sir Joshua Reynolds. Moser died in January of 1783, and was honoured in his obituary as “the father of the present race of artists” see, Edgcumbe, The Art of the Gold Chaser, pp. 85-90.

Thompson, D., The Watches of Ellicotts of London: Part 2, Antiquarian Horology, No. 5, Vol. 23, Autumn, 1997

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