• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 406

    An 18ct gold hunter cased keyless lever minute repeating pocket watch


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    An 18ct gold hunter cased keyless lever minute repeating pocket watch
    Pavel Buhre, late 19th century
    Rhodium finished movement jewelled to the hammers with bimetallic compensation balance, two hammers striking on gongs, white enamel dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, out fifth second timing scales and gold spade and poker hands, circular case with hinged covers and cuvette, the covers with engine turned decoration, the front cover with the Imperial Russian arms highlighted in black and blue enamel, the inside of the front cover inscribed in Russian, '[Vsemilostivishe pozhalovany]/To the artist/of the French troupe/of the Imperial St Petersburg Theatre/L. Guitry/1890', cuvette additionally inscribed 'Pavel Buhre/supplier to the Court of his Highness', repeat slide in the band, case and cuvette numbered 2026
    3 in. (7.5 cm.) long; 2¼ in. (5.6 cm.) diameter

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    The accomplished French stage actor, Lucien Germain Guitry (1860-1925), worked in St Petersburg during the 1880s. His son, Alexandre-Pierre Georges Guitry (1885-1957) was born there in 1885. He was named after Emperor Alexander III and was a godson of Nicholas II. Later nicknamed Sacha, he went on to become a famous actor, director, screenwriter and playwright.

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    Lucien Guitry. By direct descent to Sacha Guitry.