‘Objects of Desire’ has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent broker of fine art and antiques, including antique clocks and vintage watches. We are delighted to be offering the following items which may solve that old problem of what to buy for the person who has everything:-.
A rare Platinum watch with ‘Tourbillon’, by Breguet – SOLD
A Vizagapatam Ivory and Horn Chess and Backgammon Set
A rare 18th century Table Wine Cooler in solid silver
A very rare Elizabethan ‘Tigerware’ Jug Circa 1580 – SOLD
A superb and rare Victorian cast silver gilt Stirrup Cup circa 1871
A Regency Ormolu and Patinated Bronze Mantel Clock by F. Baetens
We will be pleased to show these items to you by arrangement and to answer any questions you may have about their origins, condition and provenance. Please contact Robert Jarman on email@example.com
A FINE MECHANICAL PLATINUM WRISTWATCH BY BREGUET
WITH TOURBILLON, 55 HOUR POWER RESERVE AND 24 HOUR INDICATOR
Model Ref. 3657, Numbered 1158, DATE 2005 – SOLD
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This exceptional and rare Breguet ‘Tourbillon’ watch comes from Breguet’s Classique Complication family of truly extraordinarily complex timepieces, which are released in highly sought after Limited Editions. They are known for combining the very best in aesthetic beauty, and technical innovation.
The watch has a Platinum case, and a hand engraved “guilloché” dial. The time display is off-set towards the top part of the dial with the Tourbillon located at ‘6’ o’clock with integrated seconds hand. There are two fan-form sectors to left and right of the tourbillion, one to indicate the 55 hour power reserve and the other a 24 hour hand to indicate night-time and day-time hours.
The dial is engraved with the Breguet signature and numbered 1158 and ‘secret’ Breguet signature between I & II.
The polished circular case with coin-edged band, sapphire crystal display back allows one to view the stunning hand decorated movement plate.
The overall effect is one of classical harmony, and breathtaking horological proficiency.
The watch has a Breguet Black Crocodile Strap with a Platinum Breguet Deployment clasp and a burr walnut Breguet Presentation Box.
In October 2015 the watch case was reconditioned, the crystal and crown replaced and a new black crocodile Breguet strap fitted.
The watch was overhauled by Breguet in June 2010 – Repair reference: 7853055
Water Resistant to 30 metres or 100 feet
(New models of this watch sell for £98,600 from Breguet’s New Bond Street Boutique in London)
Further information:- Prices achieved at Auction
Christies Important Watch Sale 2612, lot 2707
Hong Kong 29th May 2008
Christies Important Watches Sale 1395, Lot 12
Geneva 13th May 2013
The Horological Importance of the Tourbillon
Abraham-Louis Breguet’s historic invention, the Tourbillon regulator, was patented in 1801. This device was conceived to compensate for the errors in rate caused by the constant changes in the watch’s position. It consists of mounting the escapement and sprung balance in a mobile carriage which rotates on itself with utter regularity. Errors are thus reproduced regularly and cancel each other out, rather than accumulating. Two centuries later it remains a technical ‘tour de force’ of which very few watchmakers are capable.
Abraham–Louis Breguet (1747 – 1823) is generally regarded as being the most inventive, innovative, stylish, and exclusive watchmaker in the world.
His legacy continues in the present day watches created by ‘Breguet’ and are considered to be the finest in the world. A modern day watch with a tourbillon is recognised as being a demonstration of watchmaking virtuosity.
VIZAGAPATAM IVORY AND HORN CHESS AND BACKGAMMON SET
The ultimate in Games Boxes, these Anglo-Indian gaming boards in the shape of a book with double spine and lock were made in the Southern Indian province of Vizagapatam, circa 1840.
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This particularly fine example has three ivory and horn inlaid inner boxes containing a complete set of pieces for chess, backgammon and draughts (same counters can be used for both games), all made from the finest Indian ivory and horn contained within a sandalwood and penwork decorated box.
One set of chessmen are stained black/brown the other left natural, The kings (4⅜ ins. high) and queens with galleries, bishops with mitres, knights as horses, rooks as brickwork towers (N.B. there is some damage to these pieces and the two sets of pawns are different but from the correct period and style)
Dimensions of box: 18¼ ins. x 4⅜ ins.
GEORGIAN SILVER TABLE WINE COOLER
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The arms are for Spencer of Althorpe but were put on in the 19th century, probably circa 1820 when the piece was acquired by the family.
18th century wine coolers are far rarer than their 19th century counterparts and this example is modelled as a ‘pail’.
Maker: Richard Gardner
Dimensions: H: 6.75 inches, D: 8.25 inches
SUPERB AND RARE VICTORIAN CAST SILVER-GILT STIRRUP CUP
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These cups, which first appeared in the 1760s, were initially made from sheet silver and always modelled as the head of a fox. By casting the Victorians improved on the quality but also varied the subject matter.
Maker: James Barclay Hennell
Length: 5.6 inches (14.6cms)
Weight: 10 oz
The Cup is engraved with the number 6 suggesting that this might have been part of a larger set.
ELIZABETHAN TIGERWARE JUG – SOLD
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This stunning tigerware lidded jug boasts outstanding Elizabethan period artistry. This exceptionally rare silver-gilt mounted tigerware jug was crafted during the Elizabethan period. This handsome vessel is adorned with highly elaborate silver-gilt mounts, including a boldly repousséd hinged lid, which beautifully contrasts the mottled texture of the stoneware body. To find one of these extraordinary jugs, dating to over 400 years, is truly remarkable not only due to the fragility of the stoneware, but also because these pieces were in fashion for a relatively short time, from approximately 1550 to 1630. Still in excellent condition, this jug is of exemplary artistry and craftsmanship.
A REGENCY ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE
8 Day Single Fusee Mantel Clock with pendulum signed F. Baetens 23 Gerrard St, London,
with an eagle finial, the dial flanked by two reading maidens.
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Date: Early 19th Century
Width: 14 ins
Height: 10.5 ins
The clock’s design derives from a drawing in a catalogue produced by the celebrated ciseleurs-doreur Francois Rémond, circa 1785, which incorporates figures designed and supplied to the Sèvres factory for reproduction in biscuit porcelain by the sculptor Simon-Louis Boizot. Another Regency example exhibiting the same details was almost certainly bought by the 2nd Marquis of Bath for Longleat, Wiltshire and remained in the family until sold in the June 13-14th 2002 sale entitled, ‘Furniture, Porcelain and Silver from Longleat’ by Christie’s London, lot 304 selling for £14,340.
For further information, please contact:-
Robert Jarman at Objects of Desire
The Old Milk Parlour
Hampshire SO32 1SU
T: +44 (0) 1962 793134
M: +44 (0) 7711167832
Robert Jarman has spent a lifetime studying and commenting on the habits and habitats of that endangered species, the British Aristocracy, including their house, art collections, sports and pastimes.
He was a part-owner and Managing Director of Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage, which he acquired and rescued from extinction, and built into a major publishing company with subsidiaries in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A.
He also conceived and created an important contemporary reference book called, ‘People of Today’ which is the ultimate study of the UK’s most successful and influential people.
He is therefore well-qualified to publish The Vintage Magazine, an on-line publication aimed at, but not limited to, affluent and active, over 50s who number over 21 million in the UK, and control 80% of the wealth of the country.