THE MOTHER AND CHILD. A RARE AND UNUSUAL THREE COMPARTMENT GOLD ENAMEL AND PEARL AUTOMATON SNUFF BOX WITH TIMEPIECE MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET AUTOMATON ATTRIBUTED TO PIGUET & CAPT GENEVA CIRCA 1810

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Lot №: 82586
Estimate: $200,000 - 200,000
08 June 2016
Sold price
$225 000

Description

• of oval lobed form, the central lid finely painted with a colorful enamel scene showing a classically dressed mother and child reading a letter, the scene framed by pearl-set columns, the surfaces with translucent blue enamel over engine-turning, the lid concealing the  snuff compartment • the left compartment concealing a chased three-color gold seven-motion automaton representing a shepherdess by a mill stream with her sheep, the shepherdess lifting her arm, a lamb and a sheep with moving heads, and a dog drinking from the fountain, water simulated by two revolving twisted glass rods issuing from the turning wheel above, background polychrome enameled lake scene, the automata are activated by raising the lid • the right compartment containing the timepiece with three white enamel, one for hours and minutes, the other for seconds, a third for regulation, against a chased vari-color gold ground • lobed-form gilt plate automaton movement with five wheel train • the case stamped with maker's mark crowned M incuse on each lid • with fitted leather box

 


length 80 mm