Watch case 'influenced by art' appears at Antiquorum's Geneva auction


2015-06-26 12:06:38


Watch case 'influenced by art' appears at Antiquorum's Geneva auction

This 18th century Swiss pocket watch made for the Oriental markets is a unique highlight at the sale

Some of the finest watches available on the collectors markets will be going under the hammer at Antiquorum's sale in Geneva on November 13-14.

As usual, timepieces by Patek Philippe, Rolex and other top watchmakers will feature - as will a range of atypical centuries-old pocket watches.

Among them is this unusual pocket watch, made in Geneva for the Chinese market circa 1820 and formerly owned by collector Lord Sandberg.

Regular buyers at Antiquorum might recognise the piece from an article that appeared in Antiquorum Vox Magazine, entitled The Influence of Art on Watch Case Design.

It's easy to see why this watch was featured. Entitled Feeding the Ducks, its surface is painted with a girl doing just that, along with a boy holding an eager dog in a woodland landscape.

Feeding the Ducks, made for Oriental markets circa 1820

Described as "very fine" by Antiquorum, the watch is 18k gold while its design is painted on enamel, surrounded by pearl set bezels and translucent red enamel over the watch's engine turning.

The watch face bears "gold serpentine hands" rotating around a matted gold face, marked with bold roman numerals and outer minute dot divisions.

According to the lot notes, the piece has a diameter of 44mm. It will auction estimated at 11,000-15,000 - opening it to a wide variety of bidders at the Geneva sale.

Prior to the auction in two weeks' time, pre-sale viewings are being held in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Geneva, which are sure to attract high-level collectors and investors from around the world.

Watch this space for upcoming news on Antiquorum's sale.

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