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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 73

    Anon. An exceptional and very rare gilt brass, silver, pearl and multi-coloured glass-set belt buckle and centre seconds watch, made for the Chinese Market

    UNSIGNED, WATCH CASE STAMPED WITH LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1798

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    Anon. An exceptional and very rare gilt brass, silver, pearl and multi-coloured glass-set belt buckle and centre seconds watch, made for the Chinese Market
    Unsigned, watch case stamped with London date letter for 1798
    Gilt-finished cylinder movement, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, centre seconds, circular case, hinged back with engraved foliage and floral decoration, centred in the oval belt buckle, translucent royal blue enamel panels set with two colourless pastes to both sides, pearl-set bezel and rim, further set with silver-mounted ruby-coloured and colourless pastes, two gilt loops for the belt to the back, unsigned
    77 mm. x 60.5 mm.


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    The present belt buckle with watch is a wonderful example combining European watchmaking technique and the fine art of glass encrusting.

    Glass encrusted watches, ornaments and clocks were particularly favoured by the Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) and many of these decorative pieces were sent as gifts or tributes to the Palace.

    A virtually identical belt buckle, possibly the “lost twin” of the present example, is on permanent exhibition in the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, Inv. S-675 (see illustration).

    A set of glass encrusted belt buckle watches is illustrated in Catalogue of the Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Costume Accessories, National Palace Museum, No. 34. Other similar pieces can also be seen in Timepieces Collected by Qing Dynasty Emperors in the Palace Museum.