Frères Esquivillon & Delhoudens, Swiss, Movement No. 1086, 59 mm, 137 g, circa 1810
A gentleman's magnificent quarter repeating verge pocket watch with two jacquemarts and erotic automaton Case: silver. Dial: enamel, three-colour gold, skeletonized, visible mirror-polished rack strike. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, three-arm brass balance.
The two Jacquemarts, a man and a woman in three-colour gold Roman armour strike the hours with their hammers on two large bells that are visible in the upper half of the dial. The centre of the dial has a small enamel chapter ring with Arabic hours. The concealed automaton at "6" shows a pair of silver-coloured figures, two winged cupids making love – the erotic scene comes to life whenever the repeater is activated.
Esquivillon & De Choudens Geneva watchmaker Jacques Dechoudens (1728-1801) and brothers Joseph Esquivillon (1714-1798), Jean François Esquivillon (1733-1813) and Gédéon-François Esquivillon (1717-1799) founded a workshop which produced high quality verge pocket watches. Source: "Esquivillon & De Choudens", http://wansor.vs120138.hl-users.com/Uhrenseite/unten_port_allg_schweiz.php, as of 02/28/2011
Estimate 4,500 - 6,000 €
Price Realised 6,200 €
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