Jefferys & Jones, London, Movement No. 2874, 51 mm, 110 g, circa 1810
A very fine, precious gold enamel verge pocket watch diamond and half pearl-studded - with matching chatelaine Case: gold, back with translucid cobalt blue enamelling on a lavishly engine-turned background, framed by half pearls and a narrow white and blue enamelled border; central diamond-studded and glazed cartouche holding a lock of hair. The bezel is set with half pearls within a fine white and blue ornamental strip. Matching Chatelaine with six panels of various sizes, engine-turned with translucid cobalt blue enamelling, with a diamond each. The two largest panels are connected by pearl-studded chains. A white carnelian signet with engraved flower and slogan "A vous", a small watch key and two pearl-set tassels are connected to the main panel by four pearl-studded chains. Dial: enamel, radial Arabic numerals, arrow hands. Movm.: elegant full plate movement, keywind, applied florally engraved ornaments, firegilt, signed, chain/fusée, three-arm steel balance, open work engraved balance cock decorated with acanthus foliage and a profile portrait, chatoned large diamond endstone. class=Normal> class=Normal> Jefferys & Jones class=Normal> The records mention the company of Jefferys & Jones as trading since before 1776 until around 1810 in Cockspur Street, London. They were renowned watchmakers of luxuriously decorated watches; from the quality of its diamonds and pearls this watch compares to the famous piece owned by Queen Charlotte, who received her as a present from Louis XVI. The elaborate finish of case and chatelaine indicates that no effort was spared to guarantee the outstanding quality of the watch. The small Carnelian signet engraved "A vous" (for you) and the central cartouches containing hair are proof that this was indeed a precious token of love.
Estimate 39,000 - 50,000 €
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