Jewelled vari-coloured gold-mounted and enamelled egg on plinth
3618040 Jewelled vari-coloured gold-mounted and enamelled egg on plinth, incorporating a clock and an automaton, 1902 (gold, silver, enamel, seed pearls & precious stones) by Faberge, Carl (1846-1920); height: 27 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Workmaster Michael Perchin, St. Petersburg. The ovoid silver body overall enamelled in translucent pink over guillochA© moirA© ground, the front with a circular white enamel clock face with blue Arabic chapters, a blue minute ring and gilt stylized leaf and swag decoration and gilt scroll openwork hands, the glass face within seed-pearl set bezel with a pillar catch and hinge mounted with four pearls, the body divided by a central band of mounted seed-pearls with gold engraved stiff-leaf berried rims, the reverse with a circular hinged panel of openwork roundels of laurel and geometric motifs concealing the clock mechanism, with two winding apertures below (lacking the hinged covers).); Photo A© Christie's Images; Russian, out of copyright
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Portrait of Christopher Pinchbeck
Undated head and shoulders mezzoprint portrait of Christopher Pinchbeck by Isaac Whood. Pinchbeck (c.1670 - November 18, 1732) was a London clockmaker and maker of musical Automata. He was born in Clerkenwell but worked in Fleet Street. Probably his name was derived from Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire. In the 1700s he invented the alloy Pinchbeck a cheap substitute for gold. He made an exquisite musical clock, worth about 500, for Louis XIV, and a fine organ for the Great Mogul, valued at 300. His eldest son, also named Christopher (1710 - 1783) became King's Clockmaker by appointment to George III: among his timepieces is an important astronomical clock made for the King, now in Buckingham Palace. HPG/8/1/1 (i)"
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