J. D. Piguet et Meylan à Genève, Case No. 4902, 55 mm, 115 g, circa 1820
A gentleman's important half pearl-studded gold enamel hour striking and repeating musical pocket watch for the Chinese market Case: 18k rose gold, back decorated with a finely painted polychrome enamel miniature depicting King Arthur and Emmeline holding a mirror belonging to her attendant Matilda where she sees King Arthur's reflection; case band with Champlevé ornamentation with gold foliage, pendant and bow with translucent dark blue enamel; slide for activating the musical movement at "1"; half pearl-studded bezels, pendant and bow on the front and back side; gold dome with blue floral Champlevé enamelling and lever for setting "silent/music" at "11", case maker's punch mark "PM" (Piguet & Meylan) on the main plate. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, centre seconds, blued serpent hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 going barrels, cylinder escapement, three-arm ring balance, Piguet & Meylan's double sided pinned-disc musical mechanism (sur plateau) with vibrating blades acting on both sides of the disc mirror-polished, bevelled lever for musical movement.
Provenance: This important pocket watch was part of the famous Lord Sandberg Collection and is described and illustrated in Terence Camerer Cuss' "The Sandberg Watch Collection"
King Arthur King Arthur, or The British Worthy, is a semi-opera in five acts with music by Henry Purcell and a libretto by John Dryden. It was first performed at the Queen's Theatre, Dorset Garden, London, in late May or early June 1691. The plot is based on the battles between King Arthur's Britons and the Saxons, rather than the legends of Camelot (although Merlin does make an appearance). It is a Restoration spectacular, including such supernatural characters as Cupid and Venus plus references to the Germanic gods of the Saxons, Woden, Thor, and Freya. The tale centres on Arthur's endeavours to recover his fiancée, the blind Cornish Princess Emmeline, who has been abducted by his arch-enemy, the Saxon King Oswald of Kent. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Arthur_%28opera%29, as of 09/15/2014.
J. D. Piguet et S. Meylan à Genève Piguet was an expert craftsman who produced his watches in partnership with Henry Capt and Philippe Samuel Meylan, and later also with his sons. Philippe Samuel Meylan came to Geneva at the age of 20 to work for Audemars Frères. He opened his own workshop near Le Brassus in 1811, but returned to Geneva later. He met Piguet and formed the partnership with him; they worked in Geneva under the name "Piguet & Meylan" from 1811 to 1828. The company was well known for the production of early ”China-watches” and became famous for its pocket watches with special functions; they created automatons with man and animal shapes and intricate musical mechanisms as well as skeleton watches.
Estimate 95,000 - 140,000 €
Price Realised 136,800 €
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