Beautiful verge fusee pocket watch in case fully covered by painted enamel over the porcelain. The back is decorated with scene in the manner of Dutch 17th century genre painting, with company of drinking and smoking friends. Inner side of case is decorated similarly to the Meissen porcelain with it's delicate flowers. The bezel is equally covered with painting over the porcelain. Cedric Jagger in one of his book writes Porcelain..Was doubtless so employed during the mid-eighteen century, although survivals today are very rare indeed. The movement is signed by famous French watchmaker Julien LeRoy. There are several watches in similar manner survived signed by Julien Le Roy. Couple of them are listed in the book "La dynastie des Le Roy - horlogers du Roi", published by Fine Art museum of Tours. These watches are now being kept in Louvre and International Museum of Watchmaking in La Chaux de Fonds.
Movements are signed as "Julien Le Roy A Paris", not numbered and the dial isn't equally signed. These watch are attributed in this book as "without certitude in provenance", as watches by Julien Le Roy were subject of counterfeit already in mid-XVIII.
Condition Dial is in quite ok condition with just tiny reparation near VI hours. Movement is running in every position though I don't guarantee time keeping. The enamel decoration is a little worn to the centre from outside. It also has two chips from the inside and several hairlines.Please look photos and video for condition. Diameter is 44mm, weight is 62 grams. Julien Le Roy (1686 -1759) was one of the most outstanding clock- and watchmakers of his time and certainly played a decisive part in establishing the leading role French clockmaking had in the 18th century. He became a master in 1713, presented an equation clock to the Académie Royale des Sciences in 1717, and was appointed clockmaker to the king in 1739 (with his own rooms at the Louvre). Le Roy invented the adjustable bracket for the verge escapement wheel ("potence"), the repetition strike on springs instead of bells for pocket watches, and the "all-or-nothing" piece for repeating watches. Later Le Roy was director of the Société des Arts; he and his son supplied the entries on watches and clocks in the encyclopaedia compiled by Diderot and d'Alembert. Rare watch, nice addition to antique enamel collection. Similar watches signed by Julien Le Roy. Crott, Mannheim, sale price 12 000 euros.
Video will open in a new window. The item "PAINTED ENAMEL & GOLD Verge Fusee Antique Pocket Watch JULIEN LE ROY Montre Coq" is in sale since Sunday, September 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique". The seller is "goodoldwatch" and is located in Armentières en Brie.This item can be shipped worldwide.