Frères Esquivillon & Delhoudens, Swiss, Case No. 5353, 56 mm, 135 g, circa 1810
A gentleman's extremely rare quarter repeating gold enamel pocket watch with four automatons and two jacquemarts Case: 18k gold, polished, reeded band, pusher for repetition via pendant, case maker punch mark: cyrillic "FRS". Dial: enamel chapter ring, Arabic "Empire" numerals, gold jacquemart "á troi couleurs", upper part with a scene of two bell-ringing putti, sitting on a mural surrounded by polychrome enamelled flowers, a big enamelled vase between them; the lower part with the depiction of a smith and his apprentice sharpening a big knife in front of a blued steel background, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.
Esquivillon & De Choudens Geneva watchmaker Jacques Dechoudens (1728-1801) and brothers Joseph Esquivillon (1714-1798), Jean François Esquivillon (1733-1813) and Gédéon-François Esquivillon (1717-1799) founded a workshop which produced high quality verge pocket watches. Source: "Esquivillon & De Choudens", http://wansor.vs120138.hl-users.com/Uhrenseite/unten_port_allg_schweiz.php, as of 02/28/2011
Estimate 34,000 - 38,000 €
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