Attributed to Piguet & Capt. à Genève, Case No. 13517, 65 mm, 178 g, circa 1810
A gentleman’s exquisite large and heavy pocket watch with quarter repeater, musical movement and two automatons with hourly activation Case: 18k gold, engine-turned, engraved, the back lid with a central medallion depicting musical instruments, fluted band, gilt dome, case maker's punch mark "DLG". Dial: enamel chapter ring, Arabic "Empire numerals", gold repoussé automaton on a blued steel background with a lady playing the lute "à trois couleurs" sitting with Amor next to a fountain, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, musical movement, frosted, gilt, 2 barrels, keywind, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, chain/fusee, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance, engraved regulator scale.
Henry Capt (1773 - 1841) Capt was an independent watchmaker who specialised in watches with additional functions such as musical watches and automatons; Capt was one of the first in Geneva to use barrels and crowns in his automatons. Born in Chenit in the Vallée de Joux in April 1773, he was the son of Jaques Samuel Capt and Susanne Piguet. On January 1, 1796, he married Henriette Piguet. Around 1789 Capt settled in Geneva and worked for several renowned companies such as Jaquet-Droz, Godet, Leschot and his brother-in-law Isaac Daniel Piguet. In 1802 he went into partnership with Daniel Isaac Piguet, which lasted until 1811. When this partnership ended, Capt kept producing his own pieces for some time before entering another partnership with Aubert et Fils in 1830.
Estimate 35,000 - 50,000 €
Price Realised 44,700 €
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