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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 69

    Swiss. A fine 18K gold openface quarter repeating watch with jaquemart automaton

    UNSIGNED, CASE NO. 715/4556, CIRCA 1820

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Swiss. A fine 18K gold openface quarter repeating watch with jaquemart automaton
    Unsigned, case no. 715/4556, circa 1820
    Gilt-finished full plate movement, verge escapement, engraved and pierced foliate balance cock, plain three arm brass balance, quarter repeating on two gongs, gilt cuvette, small annular white enamel dial with Breguet numerals, gilt Breguet hands, skeletonized surround surmounted by a varicoloured gold scene depicting Diana and Apollo appearing to strike the bells in unison with the quarter repeating, engine-turned circular case with rope-twist band, repeating through the pendant, case numbered
    56 mm. diam.

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    With a later bicolour gold chain and steel key.
    Jaquemarts have a long tradition and figure already in the first edition of the French National Academy's dictionary, which appeared in 1694, with the following definition:

    "JAQUEMART. Figure de fer ou de fonte, representant un homme arm, laquelle on met d'ordinaire sur le haut d'une tour pour frapper les heures avec un marteau sur la cloche de l'horloge."
    Figure made of solid or cast iron representing a man in arms, which is usually put up on top of a (clock) tower to strike the hours with a hammer onto the bell of the clock."

    Watches decorated with the miniature versions of these clock tower "men in arms" are as popular today as they were in the 19th century.

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