With Patek Philippe Certificate of Origin and Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch with white lacquered dial, Roman numerals and painted enamel "Arlequin" to the case back in 2005 and its subsequent sale on 6 October 2005. Furthermore delivered with leather wallet and product literature.
Consigned by a private collector, the present reference 652 has never been offered in public and is furthermore preserved in like new condition.
The enamel miniature on its back depicts a detail of Pablo Picasso's celebrated painting "Seated Harlequin" and is signed by G. Menni, one of the few artists mastering enamelling.
For centuries, fine enamelling has decorated and enriched watches, jewellery and objects 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.
These rare Patek Philippe timepieces are unique pieces and made to special order with the subject matter chosen by the client. They often include famous landscape and portrait paintings, celebrities or even family members of the future owner.
Seated Harlquin (Portrait of the Painter Jacinto Salvado), 1923
Jacinto Salvado (Mont-Roig del Camp, 1892 - Le Castellet, 1983) was one of the Spanish painters who participated in the avant-garde movements attached to the School of Paris. He had already been portrayed as a harlequin by André Derain when Picasso asked him to pose for him too in a similar manner, resulting in four portraits that reach great fame.
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, better known as Pablo Picasso 25 October 1881 - 8 April 1973
Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His work is often categorised into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901-1904), the Rose Period (1904-1906), the African-influenced Period (1907-1909), Analytic Cubism (1909-1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912-1919).
Exceptionally prolific throughout the course of his long life, Picasso achieved universal fame and immense fortune for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, and became one of the best-known figures in 20th century art.