Attributed to Pury à Genève, Case No. 25839, 53 mm, 129 g, circa 1880
A rare, massive quarter repeating hunting case pocket watch with concealed erotic automaton - for the Ottoman market Case: 18k rose gold, both covers profusely engraved in a foliate pattern. Dial: silvered, engine-turned and florally engraved, applied floral gold ornaments. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, signed "PATENT, screw compensation balance.
The gold dome conceals the erotic automaton on an enamelled gold plate with a line drawn scene of a lake and distant mountains. The polychrome enamel figures of a hunter and young woman engaged in an amorous encounter spring to life when the repeat mechanism is activated.
Estimate 13,000 - 18,000 €
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