18 November 2003
Isaac Rogers. A fine 18K gold and enamel pair case verge watch
Signed Isaac Rogers, London, No. 13092, manufactured circa 1780
With gilt brass verge movement, finely engraved and pierced cock and foot, plain three arm steel balance, chain fusée, in plain inner case, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, the outer case with chased and embossed geometrical and blue and white enamel decoration to bezel and rim, the reverse with scarlet guilloché and white enamel floral decoration, centred by a oval medaillon painted in camaïeu brun in the manner of Angelica Kauffmann and depicting a pensive young lady and her dog, movement signed, case stamped IP and with London date mark for 1780
45 mm. diam.
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