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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 46

    Frères Veigneur. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set openface quarter repeating jaquemarts watch, made for the Chinese Market

    SIGNED FRÈRES VEIGNEUR À GENÈVE, NO. 13134, CIRCA 1790

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    Frères Veigneur. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set openface quarter repeating jaquemarts watch, made for the Chinese Market
    Signed Frères Veigneur à Genève, No. 13134, circa 1790
    Full plate gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, engraved and pierced balance cock, repeating on two hammers onto a bell, eccentric small white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, surrounded by an applied vari-coloured gold scene depicting a couple apparently striking on two bells suspended from a fountain while lifelike water is running, all in unison with the repeating, turquoise and dark blue enamel background, circular case, chased and pearl-set bezel, reverse decorated with a painted polychrome enamel and pearl-set allegorical scene, chased foliage decorated gilt metal outer protective case with glazed back, movement signed and numbered
    56 mm. diam.


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    The brothers Isaac and Jean-Marc Veigneur, watch and clock manufacturers, were active in Geneva from around 1770 until 1796. The firm was renowned for their watches of extraordinary quality, including automaton, musical, decimal and repeating watches, fantasy and skeleton watches, often finely enamelled. Veigneur Frères also supplied watches to the Chinese market, one of their watches representing an enamel miniature "Peace and Abundance", the interior with an automaton depicting four stone carvers, is described in La Montre Chinoise by Alfred Chapuis, p. 65 and illustrated in Technique and History of the Swiss Watch by Eugène Jaquet and Alfred Chapuis, plate XIV (enamel scene) and plate XXIX (automaton).

    Veigneur Frères are furthermore listed in Eastern Magnificence and European Ingenuity: Clocks of Late Imperial China by Catherine Pagani, p. 201, chapter "European Makers of Clocks and Automata".