Lot 4259. Pocket watch: extremely precious Gold/enamel pocket watch, with beads appliqué, music, figure, machine, hidden erotic scene, and Central second, probably Piguet & Meylan, Geneva for the Chinese market, CA. 1810

Starting price:€ 35 000
Auction date:14.03.2020   16:30 UTC +02:00
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Lot 4259Pocket watch: extremely precious Gold/enamel pocket watch, with beads appliqué, music, figure, machine, hidden erotic scene, and Central second, probably Piguet & Meylan, Geneva for the Chinese market, CA. 1810
Pocket watch: extremely precious Gold/enamel pocket watch, with beads appliqué, music, figure, machine, hidden erotic scene, and Central second, probably Piguet & Meylan, Geneva for the Chinese market, CA. 1810. Approx. 45mm, approx. 107g, 18K Gold, inner AIB1016 and K18, case hallmarked extremely gorgeous enameled, edge decorated in 3 different enamel colors, between the finest gold inlay and trim with beads, on both sides, edges with pearls, back enamel magnifying glass-painting of the finest quality, sprung lid function, 2.The cover also multi-colored enameled, floral motifs, 2 lift openings for the movement and the music work, also the 2. The lid is a flip-top lid, including the hidden erotic enamel painting is located on the hinged dust cover is also made of Gold, including the early cylinder work and the music work is located. The floral enameled lid in the edge region, the labelling of S/M for the edge of the lever to the recruitment/secondment of the musical work. In the edge of the housing, a slide for the manual activation of the musical work, display is side, the watch has a more enamel-motion painting with a representation of an Alpine landscape, a decentralised manner in the lower area of the enamel dial Breguet with second hand and delicate steel hands, in addition to the Golden figure vending machine with a Putto and a butterfly on a rocker. The figure, a machine moves, while the music is work in progress. The entire watch is fantastic and 2018 and 2019, was very time-consuming and cost-intensive restoration. Also, the complicated work of music has been completely disassembled and painstakingly restored. The clock is now fully functional and offers a fantastic condition. The case shows only minimal damage, for example, the floral enamel Chips modelled between the cover in the edge area in the vicinity of the hinge, the strap has slight signs of wear in the enamel and the front page has a professionally restored hairline in the edge area of the dial. The erotic paintings have been completely restored. Also, the beads had to be re-used. Detail shots of the elaborate restoration available to us. The watch is in its quality outstanding. Comparable pieces have been assigned to the manufacturer Piguet & Meylan, Geneva, has probably made this watch. Very striking is the design of the counterparts. A similar case, also in size, with a nearly identical Pendant, and strap on the Piguet & Meylan watch couple from the Sandberg collection, auctioned in Geneva in 2001 (https://www.cortrie.de/go/3XB).

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