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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 143

    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, attractive and possibly unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature “The Milkmaid” after Vermeer by Susanne Rohr, original certificate, guarantee card, brochure, sales tag, polishing cloth and box

    SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENÈVE, REF. 715/10, MOVEMENT NO. 893’266, CASE NO. 432’819, MANUFACTURED IN 1968

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    Patek Philippe. An extremely fine, attractive and possibly unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature “The Milkmaid” after Vermeer by Susanne Rohr, original certificate, guarantee card, brochure, sales tag, polishing cloth and box
    Signed Patek Philippe, Genève, Ref. 715/10, movement no. 893’266, case no. 432’819, manufactured in 1968
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 17-140, stamped with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels
    DIAL: silvered matte, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, snap on back with enamel miniature “The Milkmaid” after Vermeer, signed S. Rohr 1968, 47 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine et de Garantie stamped by Patek Philippe Japan and coded for May 1969, original envelope, Patek Philippe Japan Registered Card for Guarantee dated 30 December 1971, original envelope, sales tag, brochure, polishing cloth, original presentation box and outer packaging. Further delivered with the Extract from the Archives confirming production of this watch with enamel painting "The Milkmaid" by S. Rohr in 1968 and its subsequent sale on 7 May 1969 and a black and white photocopy of Patek Philippe New York’s advertisement for the company’s hand-enameled pocket watches inspired by old masterpieces


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    Consigned by its original owner, an important Japanese private collector, the present watch has never been offered in public before. With its excellent overall condition, the highly appealing enamel scene and the presence of the original accessories it represents a superb trophy for collectors of rare timepieces and old masters alike.

    The enamel miniature on the present watch depicts “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer, c1660, today in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is signed by Mrs. Suzanne Rohr, one of the last artists able to perpetuate the supremely exacting art of miniature painting on enamel. Mrs. Rohr, who celebrated 40 years of collaboration with Patek Philippe in 2007, reserves her talent for the company. In her hands, the secret alchemy of the coloured enamels offers a second life of unequalled depth and finesse to some of the world's greatest art treasures.

    Other examples of openface dress watches decorated with enamel miniatures signed Suzanne Rohr are illustrated in Patek Philippe Pocketwatches by Martin Huber & Alan Banbery, p. 168. A wide selection of Patek Philippe’s enameled pocketwatches are on permanent exhibition at the prestigious Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, section "Enamelled and engraved pocket watches (1960-2000)", and illustrated in Patek Philippe Museum - Patek Philippe Watches, Vol. II, pp. 368 – 381.

    Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632 – 1675)
    The Dutch artist is renowned for his paintings considered among the most revered works in the history of art. Although only less than 40 of his paintings have survived, today cherished treasures of the world’s most important museums. Vermeer is most famous for his later work, depicting scenes of daily life in interior settings, remarkable for their purity of light and form, conveying a serene, timeless sense of dignity.

    The Milkmaid, Johannes Vermeer, c1660, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 41 cm.
    A maidservant pours milk, entirely absorbed in her work. Except for the stream of milk, everything else is still. Vermeer took this simple everyday activity and made it the subject of an impressive painting – the woman stands like a statue in the brightly lit room. Vermeer also had an eye for how light by means of hundreds of colourful dots plays over the surface of objects.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the enamel scene is after Johannes Vermeer and not Vanmeer as mentioned in the title and description of the printed catalogue.


    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of an Important Japanese Private Collector