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    Sale 1357

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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 58

    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature after George Morland by L. Pellarin-Leroy


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    Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature after George Morland by L. Pellarin-Leroy
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, retailed by Cartier, ref. 770/2, movement no. 893'280, case no. 2'637'685, Cartier hand-stamped reference no. 18'556, manufactured in 1968
    Cal. 17'''140 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, silvered matte dial, Breguet numerals, subsidiary seconds, circular case, snap on back decorated with polychrome painted enamel miniature depicting "The Check" after George Morland, signed L. Pellarin-Leroy, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    47 mm. diam.

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    With Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel painting on the back cover in 1968 and its subsequent sale on 18 June 1969. Furthermore delivered with a Cartier presentation box.

    Reference 770 was in production from 1956 until the early 1970s. The present watch however is believed to be not only the only example of this reference but of any other openface dress watch signed Patek Philippe and decorated with an enamel miniature bearing the retailer's signature of Cartier known to exist to date.

    For over 3,000 years, fine enamelling has decorated and enriched watches, jewellery and objets d'art. Patek Philippe maintains this rare craft of miniature enamelling, traditionally associated with the finest Geneva timepieces, and in many ways the most difficult of the decorative arts.

    Nowadays, only few artists such as L. Pellarin-Leroy, M. Bischoff and Suzanne Rohr still master this art. These rare Patek Philippe timepieces are, in general, made to special order with the subject matter to be represented chosen by the client. They often include famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the future owner.

    The enamel miniature on the present watch is after 'The Check' by George Morland, a late 18th century British painter of sporting art. "The Check" is part of a series of four paintings entitled "Fox Hunting: Going Out, Going Into Cover, The Check and The Death". In hunting terms, the check refers to an interruption of the hunt, usually caused by the hounds losing the scent of the fox.

    George Morland (1763-1804)
    George Morland, renowned English painter of animals and rustic scenes, was born in London on 26 June 1763. His grandfather, George H. Morland, was a subject painter, the son, H. R. Morland, father of George, was also an artist, engraver, and picture restorer.

    George Morland displayed his artistic genius at an early age: he learned to paint at three and exhibited his first work at the Royal Academy at the age of ten. A hard working painter, he produced over 4000 works during his career, sometimes painting several works in one day.