12 May 2008
Foucaud. A fine and unusual set comprising an 18K gold hunter case two-train quarter repeating keyless lever musical watch, two 18K gold, enamel and garnet-set musical seals, one 18K gold and turquoise-set musical key, a gold chain and original fitted box
The watch signed Fx Foucaud a Paris, circa 1820
The watch: the gilt-finished two-train movement with inverted cylinder escapement, plain three arm steel balance, musical pin barrel with 20 vibrating steel blades, quarter repeating on two polished steel hammers, gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, gold moon-style hands, in large and massive circular engine-turned case with chased floral decorated rims, pendant and bow, music activated by a slide in the band, pull-twist repeating through the pendant, cuvette signed Fx Foucaud, the dial signed Morateur to the edge to VI o'clock The seals: the pin barrel and comb musical movements wound through the pendants and activated by a sliding lever in the reeded bands, the oval pink gold cases with curved chased and polychrome champlevé enamel floral decorated openwork tops centred by gold-mounted garnets, the seals left blank, unsigned.
The key: the pin disc movement wound through the pendant and activated by a sliding lever in the band, in finely chased and turquoise-set floral decorated case, unsigned
62 mm. diam., 34 mm. wide (2), 55 mm. overall length (5)
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Accompanied by an 18K pink gold link chain with an overall length of approx. 180 cm. and original fitted red leather covered box, the top with impressed gilt, black, green and red floral decoration centred by the letter M.
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