16 mai 2011

Four watches made for the Indian market, from 1890 to 1920 @ Sotheby's Geneva, 15 may 2011

A rare gold, enamel, hunting cased minute repeating watch with noble portrait, made for the Indian market, circa 1920. Photo Sotheby's   • gilt lever movement, cut bi-metallic balance, jewelled to the centre, two hammers striking on a gong for the repeating mechanism, gold cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer track for the minute indication, subsidiary seconds • the front cover with enamel plaque representing His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala, border surrounded by engraved floral arabesques, the band... [Lire la suite]
08 mai 2011

A Kangxi blue and white porcelain huqqa base for the Indian market, China, 1662-1722

A Kangxi blue and white porcelain huqqa base for the Indian market, China, 1662-1722. Photo Sotheby's of squat bulbous form with a narrow neck with a broad horizontal flange and swollen neck, the underglaze decoration composed of six bracketed cartouches each enclosing a flowering stem, the shoulder with a frieze of stylised floral motifs within a collar of serrated leaves, the flange with a further series of leaves, the neck with a register alternately of blossoming and unopened flowers, the mouth and flange edge in brown; 18.2cm.... [Lire la suite]