Lot No. 508 (91st Auction)
French, presumably School of Blois, 38 mm, 49 g, circa 1600

A very fine, extremely rare one-handed pre-balance spring miniature gold enamel pendant watch
Case: gold, all-over turquoise enamelled and polychrome painted enamel blooming lilies, inside in turqoise blue with floral "en grisaille" paintings, ball-shaped pendant. Dial: gold/enamel, florally engraved border, enamel chapter ring with radial Roman numerals, in the centre polychrome painted enamel blooming lilies on a turquoise enamelled background, blued tulip hand. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, gut/fusee, baluster-shaped movement pillars, applied blued iron click work, ring balance without balance spring, very finely florally engraved, pierced balance cock.

The School of Blois
In its time Blois was not only a stronghold of enamel painting but also an important centre of watchmaking. The reputation of Blois began during the reign of King Francis I (1515-1547). The unique beauty of the painted enamel cases created at the school of Blois rivalled those coming from the school of Geneva and the pieces were not only highly valued at the time but also cherished as masterpieces of art in the centuries that followed.
Estimate  32,000 - 38,000 €

Price Realised  39,700 €
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