Baumann. A ladies unusual 18K gold half hunter case keyless lever pendant watch with enamel miniature
Baumann. A ladies unusual 18K gold half hunter case keyless lever pendant watch with enamel miniature

SIGNED F. BAUMANN, WIEN, NO. 6705, CIRCA 1900

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Baumann. A ladies unusual 18K gold half hunter case keyless lever pendant watch with enamel miniature
Signed F. Baumann, Wien, No. 6705, circa 1900
With gilt-finished highly jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, micrometer regulator, wolf's tooth winding, the gold cuvette set with a polychrome painted enamel scene depicting the "Madonna della Seggiola" after Raphael, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, gold spade hands, subsidiary seconds, in circular case with inlaid black enamel Roman numerals to the glazed aperture in the front, engraved coat of arms to the reverse, dial signed
34 mm. diam.

Lot Essay

The enamel miniature on the present watch is after Raphael's "“Madonna della Seggiola"”, 1514, oil on panel, Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence.

Raphael or Raffaello (1483 - 1520), the renowned master painter and architect of the Florentine school in the Italian High Renaissance, was celebrated for the perfection and softness of his paintings. “Madonna della Seggiola” was favored for the new approach to the facial expressions and clothing of the Virgin. For the first time this divine figure was shown with a peasant-style scarf on her head and seated at a modest carved chair. This feature successfully endeared the Virgin to the working class who dressed and lived similarly. St. John the Baptist as a child is shown at the right.

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