Ilbery, London, Movement No. 6650, 57 mm, 148 g, circa 1820
A very fine, almost as new gold enamel pocket watch of museum quality, produced for the Chinese market Case: 18k gold, back with very fine enamel plaque: finely painted bouquet of summer flowers on translucent cobalt blue enamelling with engine-turned pattern; case band with engraved geometrical pattern, the rims and the pendant front and back studded with half-pearls, gold dome. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, gold heart-shaped hands. Movm.: bridge movement according to Lepine, keywind, gilt, lavishly florally engraved, signed, lavishly florally engraved going barrel, duplex escapement, blued five-arm steel balance, fine open-worked and florally engraved balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Provenance: Part of a private collection since being sold at Marouf II Auctioneers in Duesseldorf (Lot 29), on October 3, 1970.
William Ilbery (ca. 1760-1839) William Ilbery began working in London’s Goswell Street in 1780 and moved to Duncan Terrace later. Influenced by the examples of James Cox in London and Pierre Jaquet-Droz in Switzerland, Ilbery specialized in producing luxury watches for the Chinese Market. At first he very much adhered to the traditional English style with its full plate movement and duplex escapement. For later movements Ilbery took his inspiration from the Lepine caliber with free-standing barrel, as did Jaquet-Droz with the watches he signed in London and William Anthony in London. Ilbery had the cases of his watches exquisitely decorated by the best enamellers from Geneva such as Jean-Francois-Victor Dupont or Jean-Louis Richter. William Ilbery initiated the production of opulently engraved movements for the Asian market in Fleurier in Switzerland; other makers in Fleurier such as Bovet and Juvet followed his example. Ilbery should therefore be considered one of the most renowned makers of the so-called "Chinese watches". Although he worked mainly in London, Ilbery kept in close contact with the trade in other countries; a watch signed "Ilbery Paris" is known and Ilbery & Son are recorded in London and Fleurier as well as in Canton.
Estimate 60,000 - 80,000 €
Price Realised 62,000 €
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