• Important Watches  auction at Christies

    Sale 2212

    Important Watches

    15 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 94

    EDWARD PRIOR. A FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL TRIPLE CASE QUARTER REPEATING OPENFACE VERGE WATCH MADE FOR THE TURKISH MARKET

    SIGNED EDWARD PRIOR, LONDON, MOVEMENT NO. 28925, CIRCA 1814

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    EDWARD PRIOR. A FINE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL TRIPLE CASE QUARTER REPEATING OPENFACE VERGE WATCH MADE FOR THE TURKISH MARKET
    SIGNED EDWARD PRIOR, LONDON, MOVEMENT NO. 28925, CIRCA 1814
    Full-plate gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, finely pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, diamond endstone, quarter repeating activated by pushing the crown, white enamel dial, Turkish numerals, polychrome enamel inner case with floral motif to the reverse enamel lacking in places, blue, red and white champlevé enamel scroll and foliate decorated band, rim and bow, scalloped second case with repair to inner case back, later red translucent guilloché enamel back, enhaned with green, red and white champlevé enamel scroll and foliate decorated bezel and rim, scalloped outer case with blue, green, red and white champlevé enamel scroll and foliate decorated bezel and rim, clear back, dial and movement signed, inner case stamped AN
    outer case 57mm diam., second case 49mm diam., inner case 42mm diam.


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    Edward Prior (c. 1800-1868) was a reputed watch and clock maker in London. His designs are known as being targeted for the Turkish market as evidenced by his use of multiple cases, a feature which was popular in Turkey at the time. Prior also constructed a long-case clock which is housed in the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul. Further discussion can be read in Britten's Old Clocks & Watches and Their Makers (8th Ed.), p. 470.

    Provenance

    The Estate of Leopold Metzenberg (Executive, Sears, Roebuck & Co.)
    Gift to present owner, 1952