"Property from The Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith" Vacheron & Constantin. An exceptional malacite,
Lot 375W
"Property from The Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith" Vacheron & Constantin. An exceptional malacite, black onyx, gold and diamond set eight-day going Art Deco Chinoiserie desk clock Movement No.406420, elaborate case by Verger Frères, 1920's, Retailed by Osterag, Paris.
Sold for HK$ 1,680,000 (US$ 216,438) inc. premium

Lot Details
"Property from The Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith" Vacheron & Constantin. An exceptional malacite, black onyx, gold and diamond set eight-day going Art Deco Chinoiserie desk clock  Movement No.406420, elaborate case by Verger Frères, 1920's, Retailed by Osterag, Paris.
"Property from The Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith" Vacheron & Constantin. An exceptional malacite, black onyx, gold and diamond set eight-day going Art Deco Chinoiserie desk clock
Movement No.406420, elaborate case by Verger Frères, 1920's, Retailed by Osterag, Paris.
15-jewel 8-day movement with 5 adjustments signed Vacheron and Constantin and numbered 406420, the silver case set with black lacquer and gold detailing, accented by pierced diamond-set panels on the top and bottom of the case, orange enamel dial hand-painted with a spring blossom tree, diamond-set stylised Arabic numerals, fine pierced diamond set hands, accompanied on either side with a phoenix intricately carved from malachite and mounted on a smoked agate base with onyx pad feet, the inside door signed Ostertag, France.
32cm x 29cm x 10cm.

Footnotes

  • Property from the Estate of Ernestine Koska Smith


    Ferdinand Verger (1851-1928) was the founder of the company and a master watchmaker and jeweler. In 1879 he became the French agent for Vacheron & Constantin and towards the end of the 19th century his two sons, started working for the business.

    Their masterpieces are amongst the most original designs of the Art Deco period, and they specialised in elaborate timepieces. The business relationship between Verger and Vacheron Constantin later developed into a partnership but they also made for Cartier, Boucheron and other prestigious houses.

    The rarest and finest of the Art Deco pieces are stamped with a lozenge bearing the initials 'VF' and on this particular example the mark can be found on the inside of the case door.
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