11 June 2013
Edward Prior. A Fine and Rare 18k Gold and Enamel Triple Case Verge Watch Made for the Turkish Market
Signed Edward Prior, London, Movement No. 15'352, Circa 1818
Full-plate gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, finely pierced and engraved balance cock and foot, white enamel dial, Turkish numerals, polychrome enamel landscape and harbor scene to the reverse, red enamel border surrounded by green enamel and floral gilt motif, the bezel with red champlevé and blue enamel and gilt motif, the band with red and blue enamel with gilt leaf swag and gilt border, the second case with polychrome enamel landscape and harbor scene, outer red enamel and gilt border all surrounded by blue enamel and gilt border, the bezel red champlevé enamel with blue enamel and gilt border, green enamel and gilt band with red and blue enamel accents, outer case pink enamel background with gilt florets accented in red enamel with white enamel and gilt spacers, dial and movement signed
outer case 47.5mm diam., second case 41mm diam., inner case 33.5mm diam.
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Edward Prior (c. 1800-1868) was a reputed watch and clock maker in London. His designs are known as being targeted for the Turkish market as evidenced by his use of multiple cases, a feature which was popular in Turkey at the time.
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