Westend Watch Co., Switzerland, Case No. 731222, 101 x 68 x 44 mm, circa 1910
A rare, extremely decorative singing bird box with integrated timepiece "Danaë and the Shower of Gold" Case: silver, signed "FABR. DE GENÈVE", gilt, rectangular box with rounded and lavishly engraved corners; allover engine-turned and engraved, the sides and the lid translucent green enamelled with applied flower garlands. The front with an integrated timepiece and a slide to reveal the automaton; in the centre an oval hinged enamel plaque depicting the painting "Danaë and the Shower of Gold" by Léon Comerre's, 1908. The base with winding aperture. Dial: gilt, engine-turned centre, Arabic numerals, signed, blued Éventail hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, screw compensation balance. Automaton mechanism: rectangular, full-plate, rounded pillars, bellows, revolving feathered bird in front of a pierced and engraved plate.
West End Watch Co. The foundation of the brand was in 1886. The first West End Watches are produced by Alcide Droz & Sons and distributed on the Indian market. During the 1st World War West End Watch Co. produces its first wristwatches for the soldiers of the British Army. The brand becomes legendary in the Middle-East. In 1917 Société des Montres West End SA (the Ltd. company) is registered in Geneva. West End Watch Co. is the first brand to introduce in series the revolutionary Incabloc anti-shock system invented by Mr Braunschweig in 1934. Source: http://www.westendwatchco.ch/index.php?p=1&s=2, as of 08/03/2010.
Danaë Acrisios, King of Argos was told by an oracle that he would be killed by his daughter's son, so he locked Danaë into a bronze prison and let her be guarded by wild dogs. Nevertheless, Zeus came to Danaë in the form of golden rain and made her pregnant. Source: "Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" - "Danaë", http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana%C3%AB as of 22/02/2010
Estimate 11,000 - 14,000 €
Price Realised 14,900 €
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