Paul Philip Barraud, Cornhill 倫敦，編號 9124， 63 mm， 178 g，約 1815
Paul Philip Barraud, Cornhill, London, No. 9124, 63 mm, 178 g, circa 1815
An exquisite gold enamel musical pocket watch for the Chinese market - one of only a few pieces with a bouquet of flowers on a light-coloured background
Case: 18k gold, the border set with half pearls, reeded band, case back with an exquisite painted polychrome enamel composition of summer flowers against translucent rose-coloured enamel on engine-turned ground, lever for M/S (music/silence), pearl-set pendant and bow. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, gold spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 going barrels, cylinder escapement, four-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock, mirror-polished and bevelled levers for musical movement with pin barrel and vibrating blades.
"Yet with the built-in reputation for quality that the firm had carefully nurtured for decades, what could possibly be attractive in foreign manufactures that they could not produce themselves? Swiss enamelled watches, for a start. With an export business in the Far East, they would be bound to have a demand for watches "in the Chinese taste" - their cases enamelled in Geneva, and with the added embellishment of split-pearl bezels and pendant borders - which it would be impossible to fill from domestic sources. Some such explanation as this goes a long way to explain the substantial number of watches - all numbered in the 9000s, and perhaps the finest of which is illustrated at Plate XXXI - which carry the Barraud name, but are all wholly of Swiss manufacture and obviously intended eventually for the Chinese market."
Source: "Paul Philipp Barraud" by Cedric Jagger, London 1968, p. 210.
Paul Philipp Barraud (1750-1820)
Barraud was an English chronometer maker in London. His parents were Francis Gabriel Barraud and Magadalen Benine née Crespin, who was the daughter of a renowned Huguenot silversmith. In 1796 Barraud became a member of the Clockmakers Company of London and a master in 1810/11. He formed a partnership with George Jamieson and William Howells; of Barraud’s 7 children, his sons Frederick Joseph, John and James followed him into the business. From 1796 until 1820 they created more than 1,000 chronometers together.
Source: Wikipedia "Die freie Enzyklopädie" - "Paul Philipp Barraud", http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Philipp_Barraud, as of 02/10/2012.
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