Objects with musical mechanism and automaton

Obelisk-shaped pendant watch with musical movement

    Obelisk-shaped pendant watch with musical movement


    circa 1820

    Gold, diamonds, pearls, brass, steel, steel, enamel; engraving, gem stones setting, painted enamel, champlevé enamel

    7.0 x 2.0 x 1.2 cm, 35 g

    Hallmarks: number «12» on the key


    Gold enamelled pendant watch in the shape of an obelisk with music movement. The front side of 18k gold case is painted with opaque polychrome enamelled flowers and musical trophies with engraved "taille d'epargne" gold foliage against a blue ground. The watch is below, within a half-pearl frame. The sides are engraved and decorated with translucent red and opaque white blossoms on a sablé ground. The backside is decorated mainly with blue enamel and engraved "taille d'epargne" gold foliage. Above a lozenge-shaped enamel plaque depicting fruit and panpipes, underneath the portrait of Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. Dial is enamel, with Roman numerals, blued Breguet hands. Full plate movement, key winded, frosted, gilt, chain/fusee, solid movement pillars, three-arm brass balance, engraved, pierced balance bridge, regulator disc. Musical movement: pinned barrel playing on five teeth, five-wheel train. . A winging key with a grip in the form of two rings and a hexagonal plate with number "12" between them and a rod with a square cross-section channel.