Lot No. 512 (92nd Auction)
Charles Cabrier, London, Movement No. 6170, Case No. 6170, 48 mm, 110 g, circa 1750

A pair-cased hour repeating verge pocket watch with "repoussé" decoration "The Continence of Scipio"
Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé case, depiction of "The Continence of Scipio", engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, pierced band decorated with engraved flowers, pusher for repetition via pendant, bell. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, blued Poker & Beetle hands. Movm.: full plate movement, firegilt, chain/fusee, moulded baluster pillars, 1 hammer, three-arm brass balance, very finely engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron.

Charles Cabrier II
Charles Cabrier‘s father (a French watchmaker who emigrated to England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes) and his son - Charles Cabrier I and III - were both reputed makers as well. Cabrier himself began his apprenticeship in 1719, was a member of the Clockmakers‘ Company from 1726 on and a master from 1757 until 1772. Until 1759 he had a workshop in 79 Broad Street, near Finsbury Circus; he then moved to Pig Street - which does not exist anymore - near Threadneedle Street. The watch we have here may have been a joint effort by Charles Cabrier II and his son. Baillie mentions Charles Cabrier II as a "famous maker", Britten calls him a "celebrated maker".

The Continence of Scipio
The Continence, or alternatively The Clemency of Scipio, is a historical episode told of the Roman general Scipio Africanus during his campaign in Spain during the Second Punic War. In recognition of his magnanimous treatment of a prisoner, he was taken as one of the prime examples of mercy during warfare in Classical times. His image was further enhanced during the Renaissance and the episode figured widely thereafter in both the literary and figurative arts.
Source:​cipio, as of 01/22/2015.
Estimate  3,000 - 4,000 €
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