Gold and enamel form watches with music and an automaton scene are extremely rare, and it is unheard-of to discover a true pair. This model is recorded neither in "Le Monde des Automates", nor in "La Montre Chinoise". One other watch of this type, designed as an amphora, is known to exist. (Antiquorum, April, 23, 1995, lot No. 501). The companion piece to this one, also measuring 102 x 58 mm., is published in the Sandberg book, pages 402-403, and was sold by Antiquorum, in Geneva, in The Sandberg Watch Collection on March 31 and April 1, 2001, lot 47. For a full account of the incredible coincidence that led to the discovery of this piece, see The Antiquorum Vox Magazine 2002, pages 44-47. Piguet & Capt: Isaac Daniel Piguet (17751841) and Henry Capt (17751841) were partners from 1802 to 1811. They specialized in musical and automaton watches but also made very fine musical pieces with automata. Two small musical movements with five tuned teeth, playing tunes on five notes, were among their first, made in 1802. In 1811 Piguet became associated with Meylan, forming another famous firm, Piguet et Meylan. Dictionnaire des Horlogers Genevois, by Osvaldo Patrizzi, Antiquorum Editions, Geneva, 1998. Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841) He learned his art under David-Etienne-Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux, becoming one of the most renowned and prolific of Geneva enamel painters. His speciality was the painting of landscapes and particularly lake-side scenes and marine-scapes, often representing ships in a harbor or battles with Men-of-War, but, on occasion, also portraits and hunting scenes. He did not often sign his work, but it is clearly recognizable as being in his hand from the style and quality of the painting. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuff boxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets. In 1828 he was in partnership with Aimé-Julien Troll (1781-1852) and one can find work signed Richter et Troll. Richter, like other great enamel painters of the time, often found inspiration for his work from paintings or engravings by the artists then in fashion, Van der Myn (1684-1741), Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785), John Francis Rigaud (1742-1820), John Hoffner (1748-1810) and Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815), or even from parti-cularly famous scenes such as the Rape of Helen from the engraving by Guido Reni (1575-1642), now in the Cabinet des Estampes, Paris.
3 very good
2 in perfect condition
HANDS 01 original
2* in perfect condition (overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense)
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