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    Sale 2627

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    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3412

    ANON

    A FINE AND INTERESTING GOLD OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH FINE REPOUSSÉ CASE DEPICTING A GREEK MYTHOLOGICAL SCENE

    SIGNED BY THE RETAILER A.J.STARCK AND CO., DENVER, COL. NO. 1381732, CIRCA 1920

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    ANON

    A FINE AND INTERESTING GOLD OPENFACE KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH FINE REPOUSSÉ CASE DEPICTING A GREEK MYTHOLOGICAL SCENE
    SIGNED BY THE RETAILER A.J.STARCK AND CO., DENVER, COL. NO. 1381732, CIRCA 1920

    Nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance with swan neck micrometer regulation, gold cuvette with engraved inscription, gold decorative dial with profusely engraved and scrolled centrefield, Roman numerals on white enamel cartouche, small seconds, the finely detailed 14k gold case, repoussé, depicting the Greek mythological scene of Europa and her maidens wistfully seducing the white bull, Zeus seducing with Eros to one side, framed by a scrolling border and signed A.Wittnauer, decorative borders and rims, movement signed by the retailer and numbered, case and cuvette stamped A.W. and identically numbered
    Diameter: 47 mm.


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    US$2,500-3,500
    EUR1,900-2,700

    In Greek mythology, Europa was the daughter of King Agenor of Sidon. She was named after the continent of Europe. One night Europa had a dream in which two continents depicted as women were arguing, Asia maintained that Europa had in fact been born in Asia and that she belonged to it.

    On waking up Europa slightly disturbed by the dream, summoned her companions, and went off to enjoy the most beautiful of days, gathering flowers. Zeus noticed this group and perhaps spurred on by Eros and his arrows presented himself to the group of maidens appearing as a white bull of the utmost beauty. This bull was so attractive that the maidens all rushed to stroke and handle it.

    The bull in response laid down and Europa rode on its back, as the bull made headway towards the sea. When they swam in the sea Europa also noticed a there was a small gathering with Nereids riding dolphins, Triton blowing his horn and even Poseidon. She soon realized that the Bull Zeus must be a God. Zeus explained his love to her and took her to Crete, where he had originally been raised, and promised that she bear him many famous sons. Her sons included Minos 1 and Rhadamanthus.