A SWISS VARI-COLOUR GOLD CANE HANDLE WITH WATCH
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A SWISS VARI-COLOUR GOLD CANE HANDLE WITH WATCH

PROBABLY GENEVA, LATE 18TH CENTURY, LATER STRUCK WITH A PARISIAN POST-1838 RESTRICTED WARRANTY MARK FOR GOLD, THE WATCH BY PIERRE MORAND (FL. 1782-1790), SIGNED ON THE DIAL 'P.... MORAND PARIS'

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A SWISS VARI-COLOUR GOLD CANE HANDLE WITH WATCH
probably Geneva, late 18th Century, later struck with a Parisian post-1838 restricted warranty mark for gold, the watch by Pierre Morand (fl. 1782-1790), signed on the dial 'P.... Morand Paris'
Cane handle of knopped form, the pierced and engraved sides with oval panels chased in four colour gold with musical trophies and flowers on a matted ground, the top similarly chased with a circular medallion of billing doves, a lever at the front side releasing a mechanism to open the hinged lid enclosing the watch engraved with Roman and Arabic chapters (hands lacking), the front side of the polished gold shaft engraved with a coat-of-arms surmounted by the coronet of a baronet; with key; in later rectangular fitted case
3 in. (76 mm.) high, with key and later fitted leather case
Provenance
The Palace Collections of Egypt; Sotheby's, Cairo, Koubbeh Palace, 13 March 1954, lot 597.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Geneva, 15 November 1987, lot 345 (to Dreesmann).
Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann (inventory no. F-175).
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Lot Essay

Pierre Morand became master in 1782. In 1783, his Paris address was Quai des Grands Augustins, and between 1789 and 1790 he was located in Rue St-André-des-Arts.
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