General Description – This watch is listed for Jeff.
This is a Swiss Verge Fusee Pocket Watch by Amalric Pere & Fils (Geneva) and hails from the Directoire period of watchmaking 1790-1803. The movement is in very good cosmetic and working condition and is keeping good time. It is a Gilt and Diamond set case with the Case-back enamelled on copper, by an unidentified Genevan workshop and in the manner of Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841). The painting measures 50mm in diameter and bears a few light and almost imperceptible lines and a small chip at 6.00. The gold highlights on the pillars are faint and there are 4 holes may have been painted or had small stones affixed.
The 47mm White Enamel Dial has Roman Numerals and is in very good condition (has a small chip at the winding hole. It is signed Amalric Pere & Fils and has breguet hands apart from some repairs in the outer chapter ring, as shown in the pics.
The Gilt, Full Plate Movement has Round PIllars and is in excellent cosmetic condition. It is signed as shown in the pics and bears sn 9694. It is key wound on the back and key set on the dial. A No 5 key is supplied.
The 55mm diameter Watch Case is in good condition and bears the same serial number as the movement. (Ref L802)
Abraham Amalric, Geneve (1730-1799 was a master horologist and merchant. He was most active from 1760 to 1788 and until 1775 he worked alone. In 1775 he formed Freres Wiss & Amalric which was known as Wiss & Amalric from 1784 to 1786 .In 1795 he formed Amalric Pere & Fils which consisted of himself and his two sons Jean-Louis and David. This latter firm continued after his death until 1808 – See Pritchard Page A38.
Jean-Louis Richter (1766-1841) learned his art under David-Etienne-Roux and Philippe-Samuel-Théodore Roux. He became a most renowned enamel painter. His speciality was the painting of landscapes and particularly lake and marine scenes, often representing ships in a harbour. More often than not, his paintings are unsigned but can clearly be recognised as being in his hand, from the style and quality of the work. He applied his art principally to watch cases and snuffboxes and these were largely destined for the Chinese, Turkish, British and Italian markets – see notes on internet.
It is priced at €980 for Jeff, includes S&H to New York and is being sold as described and in the condition as shown in the pics – Payment is by Paypal
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