Lot No. 526 (91st Auction)
Johann Nikolaus Delle, Augspurg, 52 mm, 154 g, circa 1740

A historically important Augsburg Repoussé pair-cased quarter repeating verge pocket watch with applied enamelled coat-of-arms of the archbishop of Mainz
Case: outer case - gold, lavishly florally engraved and pierced, Repoussé depiction of "Salomon and Sheba". Inner case - gold, finely florally engraved and pierced, the back side with an applied engraved archbishop's crest with translucid red and opaque white enamel, movement protection cap with engraved mascaron, bell. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, Louis XV hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, applied engraved ornaments, chain/fusee, engraved barrel, 2 hammers, Egyptian movement pillars, signed, three-arm brass balance, engraved pierced silver balance cock with mascaron.

The coat of arms of the Archbishopric of Mainz - a silver wheel with six spokes on a red background - and the unusually elaborate execution of the work indicate that this watch was produced around 1740 and was probably the property of Friedrich Karl Joseph von Erthal, the penultimate Prince-elector and Archbishop of Mainz.

Nicolaus Delle
Nicolaus Delle became a master in 1732; on May 10, 1733 he married the widow of watchmaker Joseph Anton Schoener (who had died a year earlier) in Augsburg, which enabled him to be self-employed. Delle was originally from Gdansk.
Source: Juergen Abeler, "Meister der Uhrmacherkunst", 2. Edition, Wuppertal 2010, p. 108.

King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
The Queen of Sheba is a biblical figure; she is said to have visited the court of King Solomon in Jerusalem in the 10th century BC. Her earliest mention is found in the Old Testament, but she is also mentioned in the Quran and in Ethiopian legends; there is, however, no reference to her in sources from the ancient land of Sheba, today’s Yemen. Thus there is no real proof even today whether the empire of this fabled queen did in fact lie there or in the region of Aksum in Ethiopia - it is not certain even that the legendary figure was based on a historic person.
Source:, as of 15/03/2010
Estimate  8,500 - 11,000 €

Price Realised  18,000 €
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