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Grignion.  A Fine And Rare Gold And Enamel Openface Keywound Verge Watch
Grignion. A Fine And Rare Gold And Enamel Openface Keywound Verge Watch

SIGNED DL. GRIGNION, LONDON, NO. 309, CIRCA 1700

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Grignion. A Fine And Rare Gold And Enamel Openface Keywound Verge Watch
Signed Dl. Grignion, London, No. 309, Circa 1700
Gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, central zone polychrome enamel scene with a woman and the Roman God Mercury, all hinged case entirely enameled with a gold gadrooned bezel, the back polychrome enamel scene of Roman Charity, the band with four polychrome enamel idyllic landscapes with architecture, each with a blue and yellow enamel geometric design surround, small yellow enamel plaque reading Les deux Frere Hauit pintre Jason a ecole Bagerlin, case interior with polychrome enamel landscape with a gentleman, movement signed
39mm diam.

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Daniel Grignion (1684-1763),a native of France worked in London. Grignion & Son, the firm he started at the 'King's Arms and Dial' in Great Russell Street, Covent Garden, with Daniel and son Thomas Grignion as partners. They described themselves as finishers for the late Daniel Quare. Thomas is credited with making technical improvements to the cylinder escapement.

Roman Charity is shown via Cimon an old man who had been imprisoned and awaited execution, was not given any food for a long time. His jailers allowed him a visit from his daughter Pero, who, heart-broken upon seeing her father so ill-treated, gave him her breast for nourishment.

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