Lot 2863* - A197 Wristwatches & Pocketwatches - Wednesday, 30. June 2021, 05.00 PM
Veigneur Frères, extremely rare and large gold enamel pocket watch with 1/4-repeater and automation, for the Chinese market, ca. 1790.
Museum quality, in exceptionally good condition. Finely enameled case on an engine-turned ground, decorated with half-pearls. The sides of the case are decorated with cloisonnée enamel and have minute sound openings for the repetition on bell. The automation consists of 2 movable figures which strike the hours and quarter-hours with small hammers on 2 bells when the repetition is triggered. At the same time, 3 faceted glass rods rotate, depicting water flowing from a fountain. The Chinese pagoda-style fountain and the figurines are made of tricolor gold and are finely engraved.
Jean-Marc and Isaac Veigneur were active in Geneva from about 1770 to 1800. The company was known for its high-quality clocks with automations, musical clocks, and repeaters. Veigneur Frères also supplied the Chinese market (see also "La Montre Chinoise" by Alfred Chapuis).
Case: Gold enamel case "Directoire", with pearl decoration. Repetition, triggered via the bow.
Dial: Enamel dial with gold hands.
Movement: Verge movement signed: "Fres Veigneur A Geneve" No 13172. 1/4-hour repeater with 2 hammers on silver bell. Requires revision.
Accessories: Expert opinion by Prof. André Curtit (Curator of the Watch Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds).
CHF 15 000 / 25 000
€ 14 020 / 23 360