Markwick Markham, Perigal, London, Movement No. 41618, 48 mm, 114 g, circa 1813
A magnificent and nearly as new quarter repeating gold enamel verge pocket watch in a triple case for the Ottoman market Cases: 18k gold/enamel, glazed, case maker’s mark "AN" (Augustus Newman, London), rear bell. Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, three-arm steel balance.
The outer and the intermediate case with wavy edge are decorated with opaque light blue and translucent red Champlevé flowers, partially open-worked. Furthermore the intermediate case has a fine decorated back side with an exquisite enamel medallion: polychrome painting of a Turkish coastal area with two sailing boats on an engine-turned translucent pink-coloured background; on the shore a typical contemporary lighthouse and a fortified town at sunrise.
The Movement as well as case design of these watches intended for the Turkish market were already outmoded around 1810 - and even more so in later years; nevertheless Edward Prior and some of his contemporaries such as George Prior (II), George Charle, Markwick Markham-Perigal and Isaac Rogers specialized on this type of watch because there was a ongoing demand for them on the Turkish market - be it from tradition or from a true love of the elaborately ornamented movements and cases. It is quite possible that many of these watches - the one we have here is among them - never even left England, because their exotic beauty had its devotees in their own country too. Very often these buyers kept the watch safely in a drawer like jewellery, which explains the mint condition of some of these marvellous pieces - as it is the case with our watch. The exquisite gold enamel cases were probably created by goldsmith Augustus Newman in 7 Plumptree Street, Bloomsbury, London, whose mark appears for the first time on November 4th, 1813; we still do not know who painted the gallant scenes on the outer cases though.
Markwick Markham & Perigal The trading name of Markwick Markham became famous for watches destined for the Turkish market. Not only did this notoriety encourage the appearance of spuriously signed watches, but at the end of the century Markham, or his successor, associated the names of other watchmakers with their own products intended for the East. The makers thus found associated are: Francis Perigal, Peter Upjohn, H. Story, Borrell, John Johnson, Louis Recordon, Dupont. All were reputable watch-makers in their own right, selling other products under their own names.
Estimate 30,000 - 40,000 €
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