Lot No. 174 (89th Auction)
Ilbery, London, Movement No. 6713, 60 mm, 160 g, circa 1830

A very fine gold enamel pocket watch for the Chinese market
Case: 18k gold, the bezels on the front and back cover engine-turned and translucent cobalt blue enamelled, decorated with applied half pearls; engraved and opaque light blue enamelled band; pendant and bow with Champlevé enamel, the back cover with cloisonné enamel, depicting a fine composition of summer flowers in a vase against a light-green ground, case maker's punch mark "RD". Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, signed, going barrel, duplex escapement, five-arm steel balance, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

William Ilbery (circa 1760 - 1839)
William Ilbery began working in London’s Goswell Street in 1780 and moved to Duncan Terrace later. Influenced by the examples of James Cox in London and Pierre Jaquet-Droz in Switzerland, Ilbery specialized in producing luxury watches for the Chinese Market. At first he very much adhered to the traditional English style with its full plate movement and duplex escapement. For later movements Ilbery took his inspiration from the Lepine caliber with free-standing barrel, as did Jaquet-Droz with the watches he signed in London and William Anthony in London. Ilbery had the cases of his watches exquisitely decorated by the best enamellers from Geneva such as Jean-Francois-Victor Dupont or Jean-Louis Richter. William Ilbery initiated the production of opulently engraved movements for the Asian market in Fleurier in Switzerland; other makers in Fleurier such as Bovet and Juvet followed his example. Ilbery should therefore be considered one of the most renowned makers of the so-called "Chinese watches". Although he worked mainly in London, Ilbery kept in close contact with the trade in other countries; a watch signed "Ilbery Paris" is known and Ilbery & Son are recorded in London and Fleurier as well as in Canton.
Estimate  50,000 - 65,000 €

Price Realised  63,300 €
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