John Pepys, London / David Dupont, London, Movement No. 3481, Case No. 3481, 49 mm, 134 g, circa 1742/1743
A fine, rare pair-cased quarter repeating pocket watch with "repoussé" decoration "Telemachus and Calypso"
Case: outer case - gold, Repoussé case signed "Dupont F.", depiction of "Telemachus and Calypso", engraved and chased volutes and scrollwork, à goutte, large lateral hinge. Inner case - gold, pierced, engraved volutes and scrollwork, two cartouches with engraved mascaron and a landscape, rear bell, pusher for repetition via pendant, signed and numbered movement protection cap, seven-piece hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, applied floral decorations, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, 2 hammers, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock with mascaron, large diamond endstone on balance.
This watch is described and illustrated in "The Art Of The Gold Chaser" by Richard Edgecumbe, Oxford 2000, page 42, Fig 18.
"David Dupont of St Lawrence Jewry was desribed as a "Chaser" in 1736, when John Palairet, son of Peter Palairet of St Anne's, Westminster (Soho), was apprenticed to him for a fee of P10 10S. It was presumably this Dupont who bought a number of lots at the sale of Ishmael Parbury's collection on 17 and 18 December 1746 ..."
John Pepys was apprenticed in 1708 and Free of the Clockmakers' Company from 1715. He worked in Fleet Street.
Source: "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World" by G.H. Baillie, vol. I, Edinburgh/London 1947, p. 247.
"Telemachus and Calypso"
When he left for Troy, Ulysses' infant son Telemachus remained behind. By the time he had grown into a man, the Gods decided that Ulysses should return home, so Athena approached Telemachus and told him to go and investigate his father’s fate. As his family tried to keep Telemachus at home, Athena turned herself into Mentor, an old friend of Ulysses and the two men set off together. They found out that Ulysses was kept prisoner by the nymph Calypso. When Telemachus arrived on Calypso’s island she fell in love with him, but he lost his heart to Eucharis, another nymph.
Source: "Was Bilder erzaehlen" by H. Krauss/E. Uthemann, Munich 1987, pp. 107.
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, to be restored