Lot No. 176 (91st Auction)
French, 43 mm, circa 1810

An exceptional and extremely rare watch key with automaton "Pulcinella"
Case: gold and polychrome enamel. Constructional theatre stage, Empire-style columns and pediment; articulated Punch figure (moved by a tiny lever at the back), background with enamelled countryside scene with a farmhouse at a river. Enamelled back, painting of a red open stage curtain and the weapons of Cupid, bow and arrow, in the centre.

Pulcinella is a classical character that originated in the commedia dell'arte of the 17th century and became a stock character in Neapolitan puppetry.

Illustrated and described in: "The Keys of Time" by Yves Droz, France 2012, p. 281-283.
Estimate  9,500 - 12,000 €

Price Realised  16,800 €
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