M. J. DeBy à Louvaine, Case No. 9592, 62 mm, 182 g, circa 1810
A gentleman's almost as new, unique and large quarter repeating pocket watch with verge escapement and Jacquemart "à quatre couleur" Case: protective case - 18K gold, tiered, à goutte. Inner case - 18K gold, the back lid with punched and engraved four-coloured gold figures depicting Diana, the goddess of the hunt and Venus, the goddess of love. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, octagonal section with 2 bell-ringing gold figures "à quatre couleur" against an engine-turned and cobalt-blue enamelled background with engraved gold foliage, on the left a torch-bearing putto, on the right the personification of science, florally engraved border, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, applied engraved ornaments, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, chain/fusee, ring balance.
M. J. Deby (DeBy) , first name Joseph, was born in Herve, Wallonia, in Belgium. He was the son of Mathie Deby, a watchmaker in the small town, some 25 kilometers east of Liège. Deby moved to the university city of Leuven, in the Flemish Brabant province. There he became master watchmaker on the 26th of October 1794. The clock shown dates from 1820 and was probably made in Switzerland or France. The "Pendule en biscuit", Direktorium Periode was auctioned by Tajan S. A. in Paris on the 19th of June 2012. The dial is signed "J. Deby à Louvain". Source: http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Deby,_M.J., as of 03/31/2015.
Estimate 28,000 - 40,000 €
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