Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Niello Enamel Hunting Scene with Rose Gold Hunter & Retrieving Dog

Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Niello Enamel Hunting Scene with Rose Gold Hunter & Retrieving Dog

SWISS-ENAMEL-WATCH-SP102021-24
$1,300.00
Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Niello Enamel Hunting Scene with Rose Gold Hunter & Retrieving Dog
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Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Niello Enamel Hunting Scene with Rose Gold Hunter & Retrieving Dog

SWISS-ENAMEL-WATCH-SP102021-24
$1,300.00

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Swiss Pocket Watch | Art Nouveau Niello Enamel Hunting Scene with Rose Gold Hunter & Retrieving Dog

Rarely seen, this large (53mm) Niello hunter case watch is in great condition with no chips to the Niello and an attractive hunting scene to boot!

Details:
MAKE
Manufacturer: Intact
Country: Switzerland
Type: Man's
Circa Date: 1920s
CASE
Size: 53mm.
Style: Hunter Case.
Material: .800 Silver with Niello Enamel and Rose Gold inlay.
Decorations: Hunting scene with a retriever returning his prey.
Conditions:
C 3 (The case is in Very Good condition)
DIAL
Color: White.
Type: Single Sunk Porcelain Dial.
Numerals: Roman Numerals.
Hands: Spade Hands.
Conditions:
D 3-24 (The dial is in Very Good condition - restorations)
MOVEMENT
Jewels: 15 Jewels.
Setting: Stem Set.
Escapement: Lever Escapement.
Material: Gilt.
Layout: 3/4 Plate Layout.
Signed: Yes.
Conditions:
M 3 (The movement is in Very Good condition)

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.