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Auctioneers Dr. Crott 90th Auction

386* Thomas Gray, Sackville Street, London, Movement No.s 2125 and 2253, each 47 mm, each 90 g, circa 1790 An exceptionally decorative and valuable pair of gold enamel pocket watches, studded with diamonds and freshwater pearls - with mahogany box Cases: gold enamel, the back lids with lavish engine-turned ornamen- tation and translucent cobalt blue enamelling, applied star-shaped diamond ornaments framed by diamond-studded flower scrolls; half pearl-studded bezels and rims with white and blue enamelling on front and back sides. Dials: enamel, radial Roman and radial Arabic numerals, diamond-studded “Fleur de Lys” hands. Movm.: full plate and full capsule, keywound, hand-engraved floral ornaments, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, round movement pillars, cylinder escapement, three-arm steel balance, open work balance cocks with fine floral engraving, chatoned diamond balance endstone. Watches in pairs were usually produced for the Asian market, particularly for customers in China. One of the pieces was worn while the other was kept as spare. This explains why one of the watches is almost as new, while the other shows signs of wear and needed some expert restoration of its enamelling to preserve its exquisite beauty. The first record of Thomas Gray is found in 1786 in an invoice at Windsor Castle; between 1789 and 1793 he is listed in the London directory as working as a “Jeweller, Sword-Cutler & Maker of Fancy Articles” at 41 and 42 Sackville Street. The Royal Collection at Windsor Castle holds some fine swords made by Gray; however, the watch at hand shows that Gray was not only a highly skilled maker of swords but also a retailer of fine English watches. Thomas Gray, Sackville Street 倫敦 — 價值非凡,裝飾藝術的一對鑲 鑽,淡水珍珠,黃金琺瑯懷錶,附桃花心木盒 39677 C: 2, 10 D: 2 M: 2, 41, 51 32.000 - 38.000 EUR 40.000 - 47.500 USD 320.000 - 380.000 HKD

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