Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century
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Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of Patiala
Case No.34910, first quarter 20th century
Sold for US$ 27,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of PatialaCase No.34910, first quarter 20th century
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Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter cased minute repeating watch with portrait enamel of the Maharajah of Patiala
Case No.34910, first quarter 20th century
Well finished gilt keyless lever movement jeweled through the hammers, bi metallic balance with overcoiled spring, repeating on two gongs by means of slide on case band, gold cuvette, white enamel dial with bold roman chapters, blued breguet hands, subsidiary seconds, the case deeply chased wit ha band of leaves, the front lid with polychrome enamel portrait of the Maharajah in his regalia for the 1911 Delhi Durbar, the reverse with the arms and motto of Order of the Star of India and the crest of the State of Patiala
49mm

Footnotes

  • This remarkable enamel portrait of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh is based on a photograph from 1911, the year of the Delhi Durbar, when George V visited India to celebrate his coronation. The portrait shows the Maharaja in full regalia, wearing the crown jewels of Patiala in the form of a bib necklace, which he had remodeled by Cartier from 1925 to 1928, thus making the famous Patiala necklace. According to Cartier, with over 2,000 diamonds, it was the largest commission ever received from a singular client.

    Serving as Maharaja of Patiala from 1900 to 1938, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was world renown for his decadent lifestyle. Driven by a fleet of 20 Rolls Royces, the Maharaja was also an avid cricketer and patron of sport.

    The reverse side of the watch showcases the royal crest of Patiala state coupled with the phrase, "heaven's light our guide", the motto for the chivalrous Order of the Star of India. The Maharaja was made Knight Grand Commander by the order in 1921 for his services to the British Empire during World War I.
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