Lot No. 175 (89th Auction)
Attributed to Piguet & Meylan à Brassus, Case No. 3614, 58 mm, 137 g, circa 1820

A gentleman's important half pearl-studded gold enamel quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement, for the Chinese market
Case: 18k rose gold, back with polychrome enamelling; oval medallion in a Champlevé enamel border, rim with engine-turned pattern and translucent red enamelling: a mother sewing and keeping watch over a baby in a cot. Case band, pendant and bow with Champlevé ornamentation; half pearl-studded bezels, pendant and bow; on/off lever for the strike "N/S". Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, blued lozenge hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 2 going barrels, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance, musical movement with pinned disc and tuned vibrating blades, mirror-polished, bevelled lever for musical movement.

J.D. Piguet et S. Meylan à Genève
Piguet was an expert craftsman who produced his watches in partnership with Henry Capt and Philippe Samuel Meylan, and later also with his sons. Philippe Samuel Meylan came to Geneva at the age of 20 to work for Audemars Frères. He opened his own workshop near Le Brassus in 1811, but returned to Geneva later. He met Piguet and formed the partnership with him; they worked in Geneva under the name "Piguet & Meylan" from 1811 to 1828. The company was well known for the production of early ”China-watches” and became famous for its pocket watches with special functions; they created automatons with man and animal shapes and intricate musical mechanisms as well as skeleton watches.
Estimate  150,000 - 200,000 €

Price Realised  142,600 €
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