The following two lots, numbers 118 and 119, are fine examples of Patek Philippe watches decorated with enamel miniatures.
For over 3,000 years, fine enamelling has decorated and enriched watches, jewellery and objets d'art. Patek Philippe maintains this rare craft of miniature enamelling, traditionally associated with the finest Geneva timepieces, and in many ways the most difficult of the decorative arts.
Nowadays, only few artists such as M. Bischoff (lot 118), Suzanne Rohr (lot 119) and L. Pellarin-LeRoy (see lot 218 in this auction) still master this art. These rare Patek Philippe timepieces are, in general, made to special order with the subject matter to be represented chosen by the client. They often include famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the future owner.
SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVE, REF. 866/48, MOVEMENT NO. 932'347, CASE NO. 433'585, MANUFACTURED IN 1974
Patek Philippe. A very fine and unique 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with enamel miniature by M. Bischoff
Signed Patek Philippe, Geneve, ref. 866/48, movement no. 932'347, case no. 433'585, manufactured in 1974
Cal. 17'''170 nickel-finished lever movement stamped twice with the Geneva seal, 18 jewels, the white matte dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, in circular case, the snap on back decorated with polychrome painted enamel miniature depicting "Hawaiian Warriors" signed M. Bischoff, case, dial and movement signed
47 mm. diam.