29 October 1996,
New York, Park Avenue
Price realised USD 23,000
USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
LEROY. AN 18 CARAT GOLD AND MEISSEN PORCELAIN OPENFACE PAIRCASE KEYWIND VERGE WATCH
signed jul. leroy, paris, circa 1745
With full-plate gilt-finished fusee movement pierced bridge, with tapered pilasters, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, Arabic five minute divisions, the porcelain case with painted scenes in the manner of I. J. Clauce, the reverse with a woman scolding a child with Pierrot standing beside them within a wooded landscape, the bezel with four similarly painted figures in landscapes, the interior with a lover and companion seated beneath a tree within a wide gilt surrounding, contained in an outer shagreen mounted protective case, case, movement signed.
49 mm. diam.
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This watch is discussed in Otto Habinger article, "Ein Konig und sein Uhrmacher" in Alte Uhren, October 1978, pages 334-337.
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