Accompanied by Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with enamel miniature "Lord Rivers and his friends" after J.L. Agasse in 1975 and its subsequent sale in January 1985. Furthermore delivered with Patek Philippe original fitted presentation watch. This watch has never been offered in public before.
The enamel of the present watch is signed by Mrs. Suzanne Rohr, one of the last artists able to perpetuate the supremely exacting art of miniature painting on enamel. Mrs. Rohr, who celebrated 35 years of collaboration with Patek Philippe in 2002, reserves her talent for the company. In her hands, the secret alchemy of the coloured enamels offers a second life of unequalled depth and finesse to some of the world's greatest art treasures.
The enamel miniature on the present watch is after Jacques-Laurent Agasse's work Lord Rivers and friends coursing at Newmarket.
Jacques-Laurent Agasse (24 April 1767 - 27 December 1849)
The renowned animal and landscape painter was born in Geneva and started his career at the public art school. To become fully acquainted with the anatomy of animals he studied veterinary science in Paris before devoting his life to art. In 1800 he moved to England and became one of the most celebrated animal painters of the late 18th/early 19th century. Meusel's "Neue Miscellaneen" (viii. 1052 et seq.) mentions Agasse's extreme devotion to art, his extensive knowledge of anatomy and his special fondness of English racehorses as well as his excellence in depicting them.
Examples of his work can be found in renowned collections such as The Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland and the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva.