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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 189

    Swiss. A fine 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set mandolin-form watch

    UNSIGNED, NO. 3321, CIRCA 1810

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    Swiss. A fine 18K gold, enamel and pearl-set mandolin-form watch
    Unsigned, no. 3321, circa 1810
    MOVEMENT: manual, chain fusée, verge escapement
    DIAL: white enamel, Arabic numerals
    CASE: 18K gold, mandolin-form, band decorated with a painted on enamel musical score “Blaise et Babet”, the back with translucent red enamel and engraved gold pansy flower, the front overlaid with translucent green enamel and set with pearls, gold strings, 62.5 x 25.6 mm.
    SIGNED: unsigned, movement and case numbered


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    The opera “Blaise et Babet” was one of four principal operas written by the French composer Nicolas Dezède (1740-1792). It is unusual to find a specifically identified musical score on a mandolin form watch, presumably the opera had particular significance to the original owner.

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