Lot No. 217 (99th Auction)
Mallet à Paris, Case No. 29, 39 mm, 45 g, circa 1790

An ornamental gold enamel verge pocket watch studded with half pearls "Venus and Cupid at the Altar of Love"
Case: 18k gold and polychrome enamel, bezel and back side set with half pearls, case maker's punch mark "AS". Dial: enamel. Movm.: full plate movement, chain/fusee, three-arm brass balance.

The exquisitely painted enamel medallion in the centre of the back cover is of supreme quality. It shows Venus and Eros at the altar of love. Eros’ quiver with his arrows and a pair of doves sit at the feet of Venus. The medallion is framed by a border of translucent green enamel leaves with split pearls.

French maker Louis Mallet worked in Paris around 1790 and was eventually appointed maker to the Duke of Orleans, later King Louis Philippe.
Estimate  1,600 - 2,600 €

Price Realised  2,200 €
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