• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 31

    Des Arts & Cie. A small and attractive 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set mandolin form watch with concealed dial

    SIGNED DES ARTS PÈRE, FILS & CIE, CASE NOS. 4 AND 613, CIRCA 1820

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    Des Arts & Cie. A small and attractive 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set mandolin form watch with concealed dial
    Signed Des Arts Père, Fils & Cie, case nos. 4 and 613, circa 1820
    Gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, engraved and pierced balance cock, hinged within a mandolin-form case with polychrome champlevé enamel geometrically decorated panels, chased gold soundboard with floral and scroll decoration and a seated putti in high relief, gold and burgundy enamel border, balance cock exposed through the blue enamel and pearl-set sound hole, red and black champlevé enameled neck with pearl-set tuning pegs over blue enamel head, string bridge, short length of gold chain attached to the case and head, movement signed, case numbered
    25.5 mm. wide & 60 mm. overall length


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    Des Arts & Compagnie were watchmakers located in Geneva, active at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th Century. The firm specialized in decorative, repeating and automaton watches.