Tiny '$178,106' Carl Fabergé clock owned by a Prince sells in Paris



2015-06-26 12:22:42

Tiny '$178,106' Carl Faberg clock owned by a Prince sells in Paris

Crafted by a master Faberg goldsmith, this 19th century watch is as small as it is beguiling...

The House of Faberg is set to make yet another splash on the collectibles markets at Coutau-Begari's May 20 Paris auction.

This charming little table clock by Carl Faberg has a round face, anda "dark blue enamelled translucent guilloche background of undulating rays."

The watch's previous owner, PrinceDominik Radziwill, died in battlein 1813

It is the work of Johan Victor Aarne (1863-1934), a gold and silversmith in Imperial Russia and Finland who worked for Faberg.

The piece's provenance includes a period in the collection of the Prince Dominik Radziwill, a Polish-Lithuaniannobleman who died of wounds after theBattle of Hanau in 1813. It was later bought in 1905 at the inauguration of Faberge's shop in Kiev, which opened from 1905 to 1910.

The clock is decorated with an openwork lattice of alternating flowers in the center of an opaque white enamel dial, with Arabic numerals.

Its other features include enclosed half-pearls, yellow gold pierced hands and a border of laurel leaves in carved gilt.

Beneath the clock's impressiveouter shellis a watch mechanism by Henri Moser, an old and pedigree name in Swiss horology. The mechanism is numbered 67470.

 Crafted by Faberg goldsmith Johan Victor Aarne, this clock was later bought at the opening of Faberge's shop in Kiev, which opened from 1905 to 1910

According to Coutau-Begari's lot notes, the clock has had some minor wear, including some restoration to its ivory following an accident. Yet its enamel remains perfect.

Measuring just 10.5cm in diameter, this diminutive watch will auction with thesignificant estimate of 90,000-120,000 ($178,106)in Paris, later this month.

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