Jean Rousseau. A very fine and rare gold and enamel case pre-balance spring verge watch with later chatelaine and box Circa 1660
Lot 274
Jean Rousseau. A fine and rare gold and enamel case pre-balance spring verge watch with later chatelaine and box Circa 1660
Sold for £33,600 (US$ 54,391) inc. premium

Lot Details
Jean Rousseau. A very fine and rare gold and enamel case pre-balance spring verge watch with later chatelaine and box Circa 1660
Jean Rousseau. A fine and rare gold and enamel case pre-balance spring verge watch with later chatelaine and box
Circa 1660
Gilt verge movement, engraved and pierced foliage decorated balance cock, steel two arm pre-hairspring balance wheel, ratchet and wheel regulation, silver dial with Roman numerals, later inner gilt ring with engraved foliage, single blued steel hand, circular case with painted polychrome enamel pastoral vignettes to the band, the reverse with a painted polychrome enamel scene depicting the Holy Family and St.John the Baptist as a child, the interior also decorated with a painted pastoral scene, on the front cover a scene depicting St.John, Virgin Mary and child and a further pastoral scene to the inside, ring pendant and seven piece hinge, dial and movement signed, together with a later added pink gold and enamel chatelaine with two seals and a key, in a fitted presentation box signed 'Linzeler & Fils, 15 Boult.de la Madeleine, Paris'
36mm diam, overall length 195mm.

Footnotes

  • This watch is particularly rare as it still retains its front cover, as during the 18th century there was a strong demand for open face watches and many were replaced with rock crystal fronts. The movement bears the signature Jean Rousseau (1606-1684) who was the great-grandfather of the famous philosopher Jean-Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778).

    Jean Rousseau is particularly noted for his form watches and he was Master of the Clockmaker's Company in Geneva. His sons also followed in their father's footsteps and apprenticed by him, became watchmakers, lapidaries and makers of crystal cases, engravers and goldsmiths.

    This watch has remained in the current vendor's family for many generations, possibly back as far as the 1790's where the chatelaine was added.
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