A gentleman's rare quarter repeating pocket watch with automaton and 3 Jacquemarts Case: 18k gold, the inner lid with coronet and monogram "PRM". Dial: enamel chapter ring. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, three-arm brass balance.
The top half of the two-part gold Jaquemart "á trois couleurs" shows an opening in the form of a balcony with automaton; a knight strikes the scythe of a peasant. The lower half shows two putti in front of a temple, striking a bell.
The automaton Jacks on the dial refer to the Medieval way of public time announcing which was by real people striking every hour on a bell situated at the top of the city tower. Later, life-size robots, called Jacquemarts or Jacks, amused public by striking bells in large public clocks, of which, probably the most famous is the one in Venice at Piaza San Marco and the oldest (1383) in the tower of Dijon.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000 €
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