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Auktionen Dr. Crott 91st Auction

107 106 William Thornton, London, Movement No. 1308, 47 mm, 94 g, circa 1770  A fine, rare pair-cased verge pocket watch with “repoussé” decoration “The Triumph of Mordecai” Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé in very high relief depicting Mordecai riding triumphantly through the streets of Susa, led by his enemy Haman; engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, polished, case maker’s punch mark “JW”, seven-piece hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, “Poker & Beetle” hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied floral decorations, chain/fusee, square baluster pillars, three-arm steel balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron. The rarity of the watch stems from the very high relief and excellent condition of the repoussé. There are two types of repoussé techniques, one wherein the artisan hammers a single sheet of metal and eventually gets a desired motif, and another, where the desired motif is made from two or more parts soldered together. The former is restricted in depth by the malleability of the material. This watch exemplifies the second technique. The frontal figures’ depth was achieved by breaking the sheet and curving the edges thus making three-dimensional images. The background is made from another piece of gold sheet with relatively shallow figures which are then soldered with the front. 40079  C: 2 D: 2 M: 2, 30, 41  5.000 - 8.000 EUR 5.500 - 8.800 USD 45.000 - 72.000 HKD Samuel & Robert Atkins, London, Movement No. 1841, Case No. 1841, 50 mm, 126 g, circa 1765  A very fine pair-cased verge pocket watch with “repoussé” decoration “The Continence of Scipio” Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé case, depiction of “The Continence of Scipio”, engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, polished, case maker’s punch mark “PM”, signed and numbered silver movement protection cap, seven-piece hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, blued “Poker & Beetle” hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied florally engraved ornaments, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. Samuel & Robert Atkins 倫敦 — 極精緻的早期雙層浮雕錶殼”The Continence of Scipio”懷錶 40078  C: 2 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51  4.500 - 7.000 EUR 5.000 - 7.800 USD 40.500 - 63.000 HKD

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