Gold and Enamel Chatelaine Repeating Virgule


Signed   Vauchez en la Cite  - a Paris
Circa   1780
Diameter   40 mm         

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A fine late 18th Century quarter repeating French virgule in a pearl set gold and enamel consular case with matching macaroni chatelaine.  Unusual small full plate gilt fusee movement, the top plate constructed in sections giving more height for the repeating train and barrel.  Finely pierced and engraved bridge cock with polished steel coqueret.  Plain three arm gilt balance with blue steel spiral hairspring, blue steel index below, index on the plate.  Rare virgule escapement, large brass escape wheel.  Push pendant dumb quarter repeating on two blocks in the case.  Winding through the white enamel dial with radially set Arabic numerals, gold beetle and poker hands.  Fine gold consular case, the bezel and back both set with a single row of large split pearls. Gilt decoration of an urn on the back on translucent dark blue enamel over an engine turned ground.  Matching macaroni gold and enamel chatelaine made up of four different shaped cartouches.  All enamelled on both sides in various patterns, one bearing a small polychrome enamel scene.   Red velvet covered presentation box signed for an Italian retailer.

A fine watch and chatelaine in excellent overall condition.  The Unusual construction of the movement allows the case to be slimmer.  Daniel Vauchez, Paris,  master 1767 - 1786, granted a premium in 1778 for a file cutting machine.  A number of decorative examples of his work can be found in museums.