Daniel De Saint Leu, Watch Maker to her Majesty, London, Movement No. 3996, Case No. 1112, 61 mm, 183 g, circa 1794
A gentleman's important pair-cased verge pocket watch with with quarter hour self strike "Grande Sonnerie" for the Ottoman market Case: outer case - 18k rose gold, elaborate engraved, pierced, engraved articles of war in the centre, case maker's punch mark "IP". Inner case - 18k rose gold, lavishly florally engraved and pierced, signed and numbered movement protection cap, bell. Dial: enamel, radial Ottoman numerals, "Fleur de Lys" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, lavishly hand-engraved with entwined leaves, signed, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, florally engraved, pierced balance cock.
A nearly similar pocket watch by Daniel De Saint Leu (movement no. 3983) was sold in our 85th auction, lot 259.
Daniel de Saint Leu (active 1753 - 1797) Of Genevan origin. He worked in Geneva and London, watchmaker to the Queen in 1765, Saint Leu was renowned for very fine enameled and varicolored gold clockwatches set with diamonds and precious stones, and repeating watches for the Turkish and Islamic markets. He also made a magnificent silver-mounted clock for the Court of Spain. Although de Saint Leu himself was only active until about 1797, the company continued to make watches under his name for roughly another 15 years. Source: "Dictionnaire des Horlogers Genevois", by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Geneva 1998, page 160.
Estimate 8,500 - 10,000 €
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