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    Sale 12572

    Important Watches

    30 May 2016, Convention Hall

  • Lot 2376

    HENRY CAPT. AN ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL GOLD AND ENAMEL SCALLOPED KEYLESS CYLINDER PENDANT WATCH

    SIGNED HENRY CAPT, GENEVE, NO. 38’474, CIRCA 1889

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    HENRY CAPT. AN ATTRACTIVE AND UNUSUAL GOLD AND ENAMEL SCALLOPED KEYLESS CYLINDER PENDANT WATCH
    SIGNED HENRY CAPT, GENEVE, NO. 38’474, CIRCA 1889
    Gilt-finished cylinder movement, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals on light blue chapter ring, scalloped vermicelli decorated case, translucent blue enamel and painted floral decorated bezel, similarly decorated back centred by a painted enamel scene depicting two putti over translucent pink enamel background, inside case back engraved A.E. Blee, Oct. 17th, 1889, case stamped and numbered, cuvette and movement signed and numbered, dial signed
    32 mm. diam.
    US$6,000-$8,700


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    Henry-Daniel or Henry Capt was one of the leading manufacturers of musical automata at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. He specialized in the production of complicated watches, musical and automaton timepieces. Around 1789 Capt settled in Geneva and worked for several renowned companies such as Jaquet-Droz, Godet, Leschot and his brother-in-law Isaac Daniel Piguet.

    When Piguet left to enter a partnership with Philippe-Samuel Meylan in 1811, Henry Capt continued to work first on his own, later with his son Charles Henry, until around 1830, when he joined forces with Aubert and son, Place Bel-Air in Geneva.

    The business was later continued by Charles Henry's son Henry, producing high quality watches until 1893 when he sold the firm to Louis Gallopin in Geneva, specialized in the manufacture of high quality watches and jewellery.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.