Markwick Markham & Perigal, London Movement No. 41598, Case No. 41598, 40 mm, 60 g, circa 1813
A highly attractive gold enamel pair-cased verge pocket watch for the Ottoman market Case: both cases 18k rose gold / enamel, case maker’s mark "AN" (Augustus Newman, London). Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, chain/fusee, three-arm steel balance.
The back of the outer case with 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 fortified town at sunrise. The edge with opaque light blue Champlevé flowers on a rose-coloured ground, and translucent red enamelled flowers on a light green ground.
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. Francis Perigal (also Perrigal) was active from about 1770 to the time of his death in 1794. He was admitted as honorary freeman of the Clockmakers' Company in 1781. A maker of fine and interesting watches, he made a very early lever watch which, having been recased, can only be dated by the signature: "Watchmaker to the King". This appointment was conferred upon him in 1784. Little is known of Perigal, but the few surviving watches bearing his name are of considerable mechanical interest and of fine quality. He was succeeded in business by his son.
Estimate 13,000 - 18,000 €
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