Rare Neck Watch with the Figure of Napoleon... - Lot 131 - Villanfray Pommery

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Rare Neck Watch with the Figure of Napoleon... - Lot 131 - Villanfray Pommery
Rare Neck Watch with the Figure of Napoleon I Emperor
Case in 750°/00 gold with blue guilloche enamel on a radiant background, enriched on the face with the "N" topped by an imperial crown, encircled by a series of stars and fine pearls, the crown and the bar of the N enhanced with very small fine pearls (4 missing). The reverse also in blue enamel guilloche on a radiant background punctuated with small gold bees, the whole also surrounded by fine pearls. Numbered "75" on several elements and 12975 on the pendant. White enameled dial, Arabic numerals, mechanical movement with key winding. In its green morocco case decorated with the golden coat of arms of Emperor Napoleon I, and marked on the reverse also in gold "Given by her Majesty the Empress & Queen Marie Louise to Miss Olympe Bourdeau on July 18, 1812. A letter from Mademoiselle Bourdeau will be given to the buyer.
Gross weight: 25,70 g. Diameter: 32,9 mm approximately. (mechanism to be revised). Early 19th century - 1809-1819 - First Empire period. Work attributed to Nitot et fils. (missing the watch chain and the key).
This model of watch, by Nitot et fils, was favored by Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Marie-Louise. On September 4, 1811: "Twenty-six small watches of various collars, in enamelled gold, with surrounds, numbers, superb emblems and accompanied by their chains and keys [...]" were ordered to the famous jeweller by the emperor.
Alphonse Maze-Sencier. "The suppliers of Napoleon I and the two Empresses, ed. 1893".E5
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