18 March 1998
Patek Philippe. An unusual gold keyless openface dresswatch
Signed Patek Philippe & Co., movement No. 135278, case No. 248370, 1900s
The frosted gilt bar movement jewelled to the third with bimetallic balance and counterpoised lever escapement, wolf-tooth winding, the matt gilt chapter ring with Arabic numerals, engine-turned centrefield, blued steel decorative hands, in heavily cast gold openface case depicting George and the Dragon to the reverse with the inscription S. Georgius equitum patronus, the inside of the back cover depicting St. Christopher in a storm tossed sailing ship with the inscription In tempestate securitas, the hinged cuvette inscribed Gondolo & Labouriau Rio de Janeiro, with a length of gold chain and a gold medallion depicting similar scenes to the pocketwatch, with maker's extract from the archives, case, dial and movement signed, case and movement numbered
49 mm. diam.
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The medallion is signed M. Jampolsky (Michel), born in Kiev, worked in Paris and trained under Daniel Dupuis. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1896 and is best known for a plaquette depicting Athena.
The back of the case depicting George and the Dragon is gilded.
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