1 November 2004
JAMES COX. A FINE GILT, JADE, ENAMEL AND PASTE-SET BELT BUCKLE WATCH
Movement signed Jas Cox, London, No. 1640, circa 1770
With gilt-finished verge movement, chain fusée, decorated barrel bridge, pierced and engraved cock, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, in a red paste-set ring, to the blue and white champlevé enamel and paste-set engraved quatrefoil bezel, flanked on each side by an oval jade plaque carved with a butterfly motif, the reverse with belt attachment hoop and hook, movement signed and numbered
Overall width 96 mm.
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This watch is illustrated in Zeit-Zeichen, Jürgen Abeler, p. 98.
For similar belt buckles set with watches, see Timepieces Collected by Qing Dynasty Emperors in the Palace Museum, p. 205 and 208.
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