Lot 4217. Pocket watch: extremely rare Geneva pocket watch with figure automaton, "The Dutch kitchen-The Dutch Kitchen", int. Pierre Simon Gounouilhou Geneve, CA. 1815

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Auction date: 15.09.2018   18:30 UTC +02:00
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Lot 4217 | Pocket watch: extremely rare Geneva pocket watch with figure automaton, "The Dutch kitchen-The Dutch Kitchen", int. Pierre Simon Gounouilhou Geneve, CA. 1815
Approx. Ø59mm, approx. 127g, 18K pink gold, on both sides glazed, cylinder escapement, rear multi-colored Golden figure vending machine, "The Dutch kitchen" with polychrome enamelled Background, the enamel dial with lift for gait and vending machines plant, Breguet-style steel hands, movement intact, machine works in need of restoration. This watch is being offered for the first time at auction and is for decades in an unrestored condition. The machine has small defects in the enamel and needs a technical repair of the machines work, which already has old repair. The "Dutch kitchen" is considered to be one of the most complex Geneva pocket watches, vending machines. The vending machine scene in the four-colour Gold describes a Dutch kitchen with the following motion: 1. on the left is a maid at the spinning on the spinning wheel 2. the rotating spinning wheel, 3. in the middle of a blazing fire in a Eat 4. a rotating chicken skewer, 5. on the right is a jumping dog in a wheel, which drives the rotating spit, 6. the impeller 7. on the right edge of a fountain with running water . Overall, only about 10 of these "kitchens" machines are known today. They are predominantly located in major collections and museums such as the Patek Philippe Museum (volume IV, p. 37, inventory number S-962). A further copy of which is shown and described in E. Jaquet, and A. Chapuis, "Histoire et Technique de La Montre Suisse" of 1945, and in the case of A Chapuis, E. Gelis, "Le Monde des Automates", Paris, 1928. All these watches are of the enamel motifs, the background will be slightly different, the machines characters, but mostly the same. There are simpler versions with only 5 machines, and the complex version with 7 machines, here at this watch.

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