A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 29564, Case No. 29564, Cal. 43, 54 mm, 157 g, circa 1891
An important and extremely rare Glashuette minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with case decoration by Prof. Carl Ludwig Graff, sold on 08/26/1891 to Dürrstein & Co. company in Dresden for the sum of 1150 marks, formerly with rating certificate of the observatory Leipzig - manufactured in quality 1A - with Lange extract from the archives Case: 18k rose gold, lavishly engraved with Renaissance motives, according to a layout by Prof. Graff, partly black enamelled, the front lid centred by a cartouche with engraved monogram "CEJ", the back side centred by a round medallion depicting Minerva, the goddess of crafts, poetry and wisdom; case design "Lucia à goutte", gold dome, slide for repeating mechanism, glazed movement. Dial: enamel, Arabic "Empire" numerals, auxiliary seconds, gold Louis XV hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, German silver, ground, screwed gold chatons, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 31 jewels, gold screw compensation balance, florally hand-engraved balance cock, index spring fine adjusting device, gold lever and escape wheel, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Bernd Schaarschmidt writes on the history of the Glashuette watch industry: "Johannes Duerrstein (1845-1901) had the first German exclusive rights to sell Lange watches from 1874 on. His efforts focussed on pocket watches with modern cases and decorations that met the taste prevailing taste of the time. - Very soon he asked his lifelong friend Prof. Karl Ludwig Theodor Graff, who was appointed director of the Institute of Applied Arts in Dresden (Dresdner Kunstgewerbeschule) in 1875, to create designs in this vein. From the 80s onwards, more and more ostentatious decorations were created, where the medaillon showed the image of the ancient Roman goddess Minerva, who had been worshipped as goddess of crafts, poetry and wisdom. Professor Graff then copyrighted his design which had won first prize in the Institute of Applied Arts' 1890 competition for the design and decoration of pocket watch cases. Initiator of the competition was once again J. Duerrstein."
Estimate 50,000 - 80,000 €
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