An important gold enamel verge pocket watch "Jupiter and Callisto" - The artistic quality of the enamel painting and the perfection of the finish suggest that this was created by Pierre II Huaud Case: gold enamel, the reverse side with a polychrome enamelled scene of Jupiter and Callisto, the sides with landscape vignettes separated by monochrome acanthus scrolls, the interior with a classical landscape with ruins and figures, lavishly engraved bezel. Dial: gold, Champlevé, radial Roman numerals, blued tulip hand. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, gut/fusee, tulip pillars, verge escapement, plain two arm iron balance without spring, pierced and engraved balance cock, top lock with blued click work.
Jupiter and Callisto According to Hesiod, Callisto - whose name means "the most beautiful" – was a daughter of Arcadian king Lycaon. As a nymph of Diana she had taken a vow of chastity but was seduced by Jupiter in the guise of Diana. When Callisto was found out to be pregnant while bathing with the other nymphs, Diana cast her out and she was turned into a bear by the ever-jealous Juno. Ovid describes how Jupiter finally placed Callisto and her son Arcas amongst the stars as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
Nathaniel Barrow (circa 1639 - circa 1700) Date of birth and date of death of Nathaniel Barrow are not known. He apprenticed with Job Payne in 1653 and was made free of the Clockmaker's Company in January 1660. Barrow became a master of the Company in 1689 .
Although the case of this watch is unsigned, it was undoubtedly created by Pierre Huaud the Younger. The vignettes are divided by a black and white design that reminds us of a piece in the Dr. E. Gschwind Collection, which has a movement by Richard Street. While watches with Geneva cases and English movements are rare, they can still be found occasionally. In addition to the piece mentioned above, there are a watch by Leroux (signed Pier. Huaud pinx.invnt. and also part of the Dr. E. Gschwind Collection) and another signed by Henry Jones. The watches are mentioned in "The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain" by Brian Loomes NAG Press London, p. 74; "Montres de Geneve" by S. Bull & F. Sturm, Dr. E. Gschwind Coll., Basel 1978, Nos. 21 & 24; Christies Sale, Time Watches and Carriage Clocks, March 21, 1972, lot 132.
Pierre Huaud the Younger (1647-1698) Pierre the Younger was born in Geneva and the eldest son of Pierre Huaud the Elder. He worked in partnership with his brothers Jean-Pierre and Ami and taught his other brother And the art of enamel painting. We know of two surviving watches that bear his signature; most of his watches are later pieces from his partnership with Ami when the brothers worked in Berlin for the Elector of Brandenburg.
Estimate 26,000 - 32,000 €
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