Viennese Enamel Clock, ca. 1800
Appraised Value: $6,000 - $10,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:26)
Clocks & Watches, Jewelry
Doyle New York
GUEST: Well, it's been in my family for a long time. I know when I was 14, I used to dust it, and my mother gave it to me.
APPRAISER: Do you know where your mother got it, or...
GUEST: I really don't know.
APPRAISER: It's Viennese enamel.
APPRAISER: It was done in Vienna, Austria. They started doing this type of work in the Renaissance period, but it was done up through about 1800. I want to start down here on these porcelain enamel panels. This one over here is depicting Mercury. If we turn it and come around, we see over here a depiction of Diana. Now, while we have the clock turned around this way, we're going to go up to the large panel. It's Venus, and she's being attended to by her attendants. And now we're going to get to the watch, finally. The dial's also done in enamel. Now, I think you know the little secret that it opens up, right? So let's open it up for everybody else. We have a movement that's done by Duchene. Now, he was in Geneva, and he made watches from 1790 to 1820. And this is exactly the kind of work he was known for-- putting watches into these elaborate cases. So I really do truly believe that this watch is original to this piece. Now, the watch movement, if you will, is pretty plain. It's not so much about the movement as the piece itself. But now I want to show everybody the surprise inside. We have another porcelain enamel scene. And in here: another figure. And we have a little putto on top and you can see the allegorical figures holding a palette and pointing at a painting. Typically, they wouldn't have done anything inside it. It wasn't important; nobody was going in here. Put here they went the extra mile. It's just beautiful. Let's close it back up. In an auction, I would say today, $6,000 to $8,000.
APPRAISER: A retail price would be somewhere around $10,000.
GUEST: Mm-hmm. Wow.
APPRAISER: Not bad, huh?
GUEST: Not bad.
APPRAISER: We all enjoyed it. Everybody that looked at it really fell in love with it. Thanks so much.
GUEST: Thank you.
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