Edward Ellicott, Royal Exchange, London, Movement No. 7776, Case No. 7776, 48 mm, 117 g, circa 1782
A decorative gold enamel pair-cased pocket watch with an early cylinder escapement and corresponding gold enamel chatelaine - with finest enamel painting "en grisaille" in the manner of by George Michael Moser and Augustin Toussaint Case: outer case - 22k gold, à goutte, very finely engraved and engine-turned, the case band on the front and back side with stylized white and gold champlevé enamel flowers against a translucent green enamelled ground; the back side engraved with foliage on a translucent cobalt blue enamelled ground; an oval enamel plaque in the centre depicting a classical scene "en grisaille" on a brown ground: the wedding of Sun and Moon, case maker's punch mark "ITP" (John Terrill Pain, Fetter Lane / Shoe Lane, London), large lateral hinge. Inner case - 22k gold, polished, "ITP" (John Terrill Pain, Fetter Lane / Shoe Lane, London), signed and numbered movement protection cap. Corresponding chatelaine with two enamel plaques, painted "en grisaille" with figural scenes, corresponding watch key and a signet, length: 140 mm. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, filigree gold hands. Movm.: fine full plate movement, keywind, applied florally engraved and pierced ornaments, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, round pillars, three-arm steel balance, florally engraved and pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Edward Ellicott Edward Ellicott was the eldest son of John Ellicott, Fellow of the Royal Society and one of the best English watchmakers. Edward carried on the family tradition of making fine cylinder watches; his father had had a great share in their development and introduction in the market. Edward Ellicott started working with his father in 1760 and after his death in 1772 continued the business until his own death in 1791.
Both cases were made by John Terrill Pain , who had his workshop at 7 Dean Street, Fetter Lane at the time. Pain had an excellent reputation; he had learned his craft with case maker Thomas Layton, who also worked in Dean Street. Pain was freed from the Company on January 18, 1768 and had his first workshop at 67 Shoe Lane from November 16, 1775 on. It is thought that Pain took over his old master’s workshop about a year later after his retirement or death. The case mark on this piece was registered on October 16, 1776.
Estimate 8,500 - 12,000 €
Price Realised 10,500 €
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