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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 77

    Swiss. A rare and unusual 18K gold openface quarter repeating verge watch with varicoloured gold jaquemarts automaton and enamel portrait of Emperor Napoleon I

    UNSIGNED, CIRCA 1815

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    Swiss. A rare and unusual 18K gold openface quarter repeating verge watch with varicoloured gold jaquemarts automaton and enamel portrait of Emperor Napoleon I
    Unsigned, circa 1815
    MOVEMENT: manual, verge escapement, quarter repeating with two hammers on two gongs, hinged gilt-metal cuvette
    DIAL: small annular white enamel, Arabic numerals, varicoloured gold scene with two classical jaquemarts figures appearing to strike bells in unison with the repeating, dog chasing a duck between
    CASE: 18K gold, the back set with a finely painted on enamel portrait of Napoleon, ribbed band, repeating through the pendant, 55 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: unsigned, case numbered 10028


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    This unusual and appealing watch with quarter repeating jaquemart automaton is set with a fine hand-painted on enamel characterful portrait of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, in a blue coat with gold highlighted embroidery.

    Napoléon Bonaparte (born Napoleone di Buonaparte) (15 August 1769 - 5 May 1821) was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul of the French Republic from 11 November 1799 to 18 May 1804, Emperor of the French under the name Napoléon I from 18 May 1804 to 6 April 1814, and was briefly restored as Emperor from 20 March to 22 June 1815. He was also King of Italy, Mediator of the Swiss Confederation and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Lots 77 & 78: The Property of an Important Swiss Private Collector