Lot No. 343 (89th Auction)
John Ellicot, London, Movement No. 1707, Case No. 1707, 50 mm, 140 g, circa 1739

A fine, rare half quarter repeating pair-cased verge pocket watch "Penelope and the Suitors"
Case: outer case - firegilt, Repoussé case, depiction of Penelope and her suitors, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, pierced band decorated with engraved foliate scrolls, a mascaron and view of a town, silver movement protection cap with signature, pusher for repetition via pendant, rear bell. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, signed, "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied engraved and florally pierced decorations, chain/fusee, moulded movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, very finely florally engraved, pierced balance cock with shell, large chatoned diamond endstone.

John Ellicott (1706-1791)
One of the most eminent English watch- and clock-makers, established himself in business about 1728 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1738. Ellicot was the inventor of a compensation pendulum and paid great attention to the use of the cylinder escapement only a few years after its improvement by Graham. In some of his later pieces the cylinders were made of ruby.

Penelope is the wife of the main character, the king of Ithaca, Odysseus and daughter of Icarius and his wife Periboea. She only has one son by Odysseus, Telemachus, who was born just before Odysseus was called to fight in the Trojan War. She waits twenty years for the final return of her husband, during which she has a hard time snubbing marriage proposals from odious suitors.
On Odysseus's return, disguised as an old beggar, he finds that Penelope has remained faithful. She has devised tricks to delay her suitors, one of which is to pretend to be weaving a burial shroud for Odysseus's elderly father Laertes and claiming that she will choose a suitor when she has finished. Every night for three years, she undoes part of the shroud, until Melantho, one of twelve unfaithful serving women, discovers her chicanery and reveals it to the suitors.
Source:, as of 07/15/2011.
Estimate  2,600 - 3,000 €

Price Realised  5,100 €
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