Lot No. 188 (91st Auction)
Attributed to Piguet & Meylan à Brassus, Case No. 3828, 57 mm, 138 g, circa 1820

A gentleman's exquisite half pearl-studded gold enamel quarter repeating pocket watch with musical movement that activates on the hour, for the Chinese market
Case: 18k rose gold, case back with a polychrome enamel medallion attributed to Frères Oltramare with an exquisite painted composition of summer flowers against translucent red enamel on engine-turned ground, slide for music/silence; case band with Champlevé ornamentation: light blue flowers and light green tendrils against translucent red enamel on engine-turned ground. Pendant and bow with light blue Champlevé enamel, studded with half pearls; half pearl set border and pendant on the front and back side. Gold dome with blue enamelled lettering. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, blued lozenge hands. Movm.: bridge movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, 2 hammers, 2 gongs, 2 going barrels, ruby cylinder escapement, three-arm gold ring balance, blued balance spring with bimetallic compensation curb on the index, shock protection-"parachute", musical movement with pinned disc and tuned vibrating blades, mirror-polished, bevelled lever for musical movement.

J.D. Piguet et S. Meylan à Genève
Piguet was an expert craftsman who produced his watches in partnership with Henry Capt and Philippe Samuel Meylan, and later also with his sons. Philippe Samuel Meylan came to Geneva at the age of 20 to work for Audemars Frères. He opened his own workshop near Le Brassus in 1811, but returned to Geneva later. He met Piguet and formed the partnership with him; they worked in Geneva under the name "Piguet & Meylan" from 1811 to 1828. The company was well known for the production of early ”China-watches” and became famous for its pocket watches with special functions; they created automatons with man and animal shapes and intricate musical mechanisms as well as skeleton watches.

Frères Oltramare
Working in Geneva between 1810/11-1826.
Estimate  130,000 - 160,000 €

Price Realised  136,400 €
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