Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Enamel, and Diamond Open Face Pendant Watch, the case with enamel flowers and rose-cut diamonds, the cuvette with guilloche enamel, hammered gold accents, the white enamel dial with Arabic numeral indicators and subsidiary seconds dial, stem-wind and stem-set, 27 mm, and suspended from a conforming watch pin, total lg. 2 1/2 in.
Provenance: The Coda Collection
Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marche aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of Pierre Turin's bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world's fair that heralded the modern age of design.
The visual world of Jazz Age Paris, city of Picasso, Matisse, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel and the Ballets Russes, became the focal points of the collection and a reference and inspiration for Davidov's work. Co-author of The Bakelite Jewelry Book, with Ginny Redington Dawes, Davidov sought out pieces that reflected the spirit of the period, elegant and streamlined, colorful and witty, bold and modern.
On the 90th anniversary of the landmark Art Deco exposition, Skinner is pleased to offer several important pieces from the Coda Collection. A second offering (featuring costume jewelry, paintings, and objets d'art) will come to auction in the fall of 2015.
Winds, sets, ticks when wound. Case interior marked SWISS. Replaced pinstem.
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