Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch CA1895

Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch CA1895

ART_NOUVEAU_N92005-26-AI
$255.00
Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch CA1895
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Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch CA1895

ART_NOUVEAU_N92005-26-AI
$255.00

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Product Details


Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Enamel Case Pocket Watch CA1895
Maker: Unsigned; Country: Switzerland; Type: Man's; Circa Date: 1895
CASE
Size: 45mm.
Style: Hunter Case.
Material: .800 Silver with Niello Enamel.
Decorations: This case comes with beautiful clover leaf and vine patterns and an interesting Art Nouveau uninitialed rose frame which centers the front cover
Conditions: Very presentable - Some wear/loss or repairs of niello.
DIAL
Color: White
Type: Porcelain
Numerals: Arabic Hour numerals, subsidiary seconds dial.
Hands: Spade hands.
Signed: “El-Arbolito” below a tree trademark design
Conditions: The dial is in Very Good condition.
MOVEMENT
Jewels: 15 Jewels
Setting: Stem Set
Escapement: Lever escapement.
Material: Nickle.
Layout: 3/4 Plate Layout.
Signed: Not signed.
Conditions: The movement is in Very Good condition.
Niello
The niello watch case became a canvas for outstanding art works that will likely never be duplicated. The term niello comes from the Latin word nigellum that is the diminutive of niger (black.) It was a technique used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Persians. Niello is a black or blackish-blue composition of lead, silver, copper, sulfur and ammonium chloride. The mixture is fused onto an engraved or cut-out metal base by firing the mix in a process similar to champleve' enameling. Silver was the most often used metal for niello objects since the soft white silver color contrasted beautifully with the darker niello. Rose-gold inlay work was also seen in combination with niello and tri-color effects were achieved by the use of rose-gold, niello and silver. When the niello was heated and fired onto a silver watch case, it actually fused with the silver very strongly, almost as if it were soldered in place. The niello would be filled, finished and polished, leaving the surface of the watch case smooth and flat. One can readily assume that the process of engraving the areas which were to be filled with niello, the firing stages, and the finishing stages were very time consuming and therefore costly. Aside from the production end, the niello cases also had to be designed by artists who would pre-determine the subject matter and then the cases were finished by engravers who produced the fine details.