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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 162

    Swiss. An 18K gold and enamel openface cylinder watch, made for the Polish market

    ANONYMOUS, CUVETTE BEARING THE SIGNATURE PATEK I CZAPEK W GENEWIE, NO. 677, CIRCA 1850

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    Swiss. An 18K gold and enamel openface cylinder watch, made for the Polish market
    Anonymous, cuvette bearing the signature Patek i Czapek w Genewie, No. 677, circa 1850
    With gilt-finished cylinder movement, gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, blued steel moon-style hands, in circular case with champlevé blue enamel floral decorated back centred by a polychrome painted enamel scene depicting the "Madonna della Sedia" after Raphael, unsigned
    33 mm. diam.


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    The present watch is a typical example of a 19th century copy of an enamelled watch made by the founders of Patek Philippe, Antoine Patek and François Czapek, who signed their watches "Patek, Czapek & Co.".

    Some elements of this watch, most notably the number and the enamel scene to the back, correspond to a certain extend to the original watch no. 677 made by Patek, Czapek & Co. in 1842 and exemplify the creativity of watch copiers even at such an early date.

    The enamel miniature on the present watch is after Raphael's "“Madonna della Sedia" (1514, oil on panel, Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence), a popular subject for the decoration of pocket watches.

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