• Lot 134

    Golay-Leresche. A fine 18K pink gold and Limoges-style enamel half hunter case keyless lever pendant watch with brooch and fitted box

    SIGNED GOLAY-LERESCHE & FILS, GENÈVE, 2, RUE DE LA PAIX, PARIS, NO. 20'566, CIRCA 1880

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    Golay-Leresche. A fine 18K pink gold and Limoges-style enamel half hunter case keyless lever pendant watch with brooch and fitted box
    Signed Golay-Leresche & Fils, Genève, 2, rue de la Paix, Paris, No. 20'566, circa 1880
    Nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, gold cuvette with engraved inscription Ellie S. Welsh, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer blue Arabic five minute divisions, subsidiary seconds, engine-turned foliage decorated circular case, translucent dark blue and white enamel floral decorated front, blue enamel Roman numerals on floral-shaped translucent pink enamel ring to the glazed aperture, Limoges-style translucent dark blue enamel back with painted en grisaille enamel scene depicting two putti, matching gold and enamel brooch consisting of similarly decorated, Limoges-style translucent dark blue and en grisaille and gilt decorated enamel panels with gold openwork scroll and foliage surround, hinged pin, case, cuvette and dial signed
    33 mm. diam. & 147 mm. overall length


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    With fitted presentation box stamped Moulinie & Legrandroy, Legrandroy & Fils Succs., Genève.

    Golay Fils & Stahl
    Founded in 1837 by the watch and clock maker Auguste Golay-Leresche at 31, quai des Bergues in Geneva, and sold to Mr. Stahl at the turn of the century, the family run company specialized in the production of high quality watches for which they obtained various medals and awards. They quickly became an important asset to Geneva's economy and were recognizable amongst the best watch manufacturers of Switzerland, both nationally and internationally.

    Their products comprised highly complicated watches such as an 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with phases of the moon, sunrise, sunset and equation of time, made circa 1910 for the Maharaja of Patiala.

    To honour the company and their fine watches, masterpieces signed Golay Fils & Stahl from an important private collection were exhibited in the Musée de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie in Geneva from 26 May 2000 to 16 January 2001 "Les Heures Précieuses, Golay Fils & Stahl, Genève 1837 - 1940".