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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 76

    Ducommun. A fine and rare 18K gold quarter repeating verge watch with three jacquemarts

    SIGNED DUCOMMUN, NO. 43907, CIRCA 1820

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    Ducommun. A fine and rare 18K gold quarter repeating verge watch with three jacquemarts
    Signed Ducommun, no. 43907, circa 1820
    MOVEMENT: manual, chain fusée, verge escapement, quarter repeating with two hammers on two gongs
    DIAL: small white enamel, Arabic numerals, chased gold Jacks in Roman costume on each side of the dial appearing to strike the hours and quarters on two bells, a small gold appliqué below the dial of a putto with love trophies striking a further bell, royal blue enamel ground
    CASE: 18K gold, reeded band, repeating through the pendant, locking slide for the repeating at 2 o’clock, 55 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: cuvette and movement ring signed Ducommun and numbered 43907, case also numbered 43907 and 5383

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    Jaquemarts have a long tradition and figure already in the first edition of the French National Academy's dictionary, which appeared in 1694, with the following definition:

    "JAQUEMART. Figure de fer ou de fonte, representant un homme arm, laquelle on met d'ordinaire sur le haut d'une tour pour frapper les heures avec un marteau sur la cloche de l'horloge."
    Figure made of solid or cast iron representing a man in arms, which is usually put up on top of a (clock) tower to strike the hours with a hammer onto the bell of the clock."

    Watches decorated with the miniature versions of these clock tower "men in arms" are as popular today as they were in the 19th century.

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