London, South Kensington
28 March 2001
A GOLD, ENAMEL AND PEARL SET QUARTER REPEATING AUTOMATON POCKET WATCH WITH CONCEALED EROTIC AUTOMATA
Swiss, circa 1800.
white enamel dial with Roman numerals and Arabic quarters, eccentric winding hole, blued steel hands with gold tips, gilt movement with cylinder escapement, plunge quarter repeat on two bells set into the movement, the reverse with an enamelled scene of a formal garden partly overlaid with multi-coloured chased gold mounts with an automaton dog, lady and fountain, erotic automata concealed behind a sliding panel raised by a lever in the bezel, case with pearl set bezels, the band enamelled with musical and floral trophies, diameter 55mm.
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