5 July 2002
A FRENCH GILT-METAL AND ROCK CRYSTAL PRE-HAIRSPRING VERGE POCKET WATCH
Jean Vallier A Lyon. Circa 1630
The oval gilt case with turned finial, cast foliate stem and ring suspension loop, associated hinged covers set with carved rock crystal panels, finely engraved oval gilt dial, silvered Roman numerals, blued steel hands, oval gilt movement with turned pillars, gut fusee, steel balance, pinned balance cock, signed J Vallier A Lyon
1 7/8 in. (45 mm.) high
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Jean Vallier became maître in 1602 and died in 1649. There are examples of his work in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Munich.
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