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222*An important, very fine pair of gold enamel pocket watches “PastoralRomance” made for the Chinese marketCase: gold enamel, florally engraved, the bezels and pendants on the frontand back side of each watch is decorated with red, white, light and darkblue champlevé enamel, the back covers with similarly decorated border.Each watch has a finely polychrome painted enamel scene depicting apastoral landscape: on the left a shepherd sitting at the foot of a tree,playing a flute while two young woman are listening; engraved golddome, large lateral hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centreseconds, spade gold hands and spoon-shaped gold hands. Movm.: bridgemovement, keywind, finely florally hand-engraved, frosted, gilt,signed, numbered, blued screws, lavishly engraved going barrel, duplexescapement, monometallic balance with polished steel weights, bluedbalance spring, engraved regulator scale, diamond endstone on balance.Watches for the Chinese MarketThe majority of watches and singing bird boxes or automaton snuff boxesproduced for the Chinese market were originally designed as pairs and hadeither symmetrically or asymmetrically painted scenes. Most of the piecesstill remaining today have survived as single timepieces only; this lot is ararity in that it is one of the very few pairs that have survived together.The English Romantic Tradition 1820-1850The painted on enamel scene decorating this watch owes its inspiration tothe English romantic tradition of paintings.“Le Miroir de la Séduction”A nearly identical pair of Chinese gold enamel pocket watches withmovement numbers 42321 and 42322 were sold by Auktionen Dr.H. Crotton May 17, 2008. Today the watches are in the Musée L.U.CEUM - Tracesdu Temps, Chopard Manufacture S.A. in Fleurier and were on loan to theexhibition “Le Miroir de la Séduction” - Prestigieuses paires de montres“chinoise” held at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva from May 15 toOktober 16, 2010 (see the exhibition catalogue pages 132 and 133).Edouard & Léo Juvet à FleurierThe Juvet family was one of the important Swiss horological familieswhich produced pieces for the Chinese market. Edouard Juvet (1820-1883)opened his workshop in Buttes in 1842 and moved to Fleurier in 1844. In1856 Edouard started making watches for the Chinese market; both hissons Ami-Louis and Léo eventually went to China to work in the family firmthere. After Ami-Louis had died there, Léo (1848-1891) travelled to Chinato take his place. Only the Bovets rivalled the Juvets in Shanghai – however,the two families always maintained friendly relations. The Juvets flourishedwith branches in Tien-Tsin and Saigon, to the extent that in 1872 Léowrote: “Our watches sell like salt”. Edouard Juvet registered a trademarkin Chinese characters in 1873, to be used on the company’s products. InNovember 1875 he granted his son Léo power of attorney; after Edouard’sdeath in February 1883, Léo succeeded him as head of the firm.33283 G/C: 2 Z/D: 2 W/M: 2, 41190.000 - 250.000 EUR 256.600 - 337.500 USD1.900.000 - 2.500.000 HKD

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