Lot No. 132 (95th Auction)
Jules Jürgensen, Copenhagen / Marrel Ainé, Bijoutier-Orfevre L'Impéreur et L'Impératrice, 27, Rue Choiseul, Paris, Case No. 6660 786, 46 mm, 113 g, circa 1850

An exquisite, extremely rare hunting case pocket watch studded with gemstones
Case: 18k gold, case maker's punch mark "AGJ". Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, ébauche: Aubert Frères, gold screw compensation balance.

Front and back of this striking pocket watch have been covered with tiny tiles of bloodstone and contrasting turquoises and rose cut diamonds. The case band is elaborately engraved with a pattern of ornamental bands with classic motifs.

Brothers Jean-Pierre-Nazaire and Antoine-Benoît-Roch Marrel began working together as goldsmiths in 1833. It is assumed that Benoît created the objects, whereas it was Jean-Pierre who eventually signed them. During the industrial exhibition of 1839 in Paris they presented their creations to the public for the first time and immediately won a gold medal. The visitors admired their extraordinary talent and loved the fact that the brothers brought back polychrome goldwork by using precious stones. The exhibition paved the way for the Marrel brothers who later received national and international commissions from various royal houses.
Today some of their gold objects are held in a number of museums such as the Louvre in Paris.
Estimate  6,200 - 8,200 €
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