Accompanied by Patek Philippe Certificat d'Origine with colour photograph of the present timepiece, Extract from the Archives confirming its production with enamel scenes from "La dame à la licorne" by Madame Luce Chappaz, Genève, in 1970 and subsequent sale on 14 October 1971. Furthermore delivered with original fitted presentation box.
To the best of our knowledge, this clock has never been offered in public before.
The present dome clock is part of the first and now highly collectable series fitted with a 17''' mechanical movement, electrically wound and powered through the solar cells.
Its enamel scene is inspired by the series of tapestries titled La dame à la licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn), often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe and currently in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. They were woven in the medieval style of "mille-fleurs" or "thousand flowers" in Flanders in the early 16th century.
The scenes on the six tapestries depict the six senses - hearing, sight, taste, touch, smell, and "A mon seul désir" or "to my only desire", often interpreted as love. Each tapestry also shows a noble lady with the unicorn, some include a lion or a monkey in the scene.
The Lady and the unicorn have inspired generations of writers, notably George Sand in her 1844 novel "Jeanne".