English watchmaker George Daniel

 INDUSTRY NEWS     |      2019-07-06 10:00
"Masterpiece of time" series auction is presented as a series of exquisite timepieces, collectors spend their lives searching for important timepieces with excellent workmanship, recording the development of watch manufacturing over the centuries. Browse below for a selection of items from the preamble to the four special auctions, "look far: watch legend George Daniel." The auction was led by some of the world's greatest watchmakers and brought exquisite pocket watches and clocks from top British and continental watchmakers, including Charles Frodsham, s. Smith & Son, Edward East and Northern Goldsmiths.

Time flies. Watchmakers try their best to make unprecedented mechanical parts, hoping to show the present moment accurately through technological innovation. With the improvement of technology, the design and decoration of clocks have been further developed. The tools and resources of the 16th and 17th centuries are still fairly primitive, but the early advent of the "stackfreed" spring brake reveals the extraordinary craftsmanship and aesthetic refinement of the time. With the craft on the next level, the beautiful painted enamel on the case is also more excellent, popular in the 18th century; By the 19th century there were even luxury timepieces tailor-made for the emerging far east market.
The old watchmaking workshop used to employ outsourced craftsmen to make parts separately, including watchcase, dial, gear, etc., and then assemble the parts by the watchmaking workshop. George Daniels, inspired by the iconognastic watchmaker George Margetts, made the parts himself. His ingenious timepieces were appreciated by the world.

【"Vision: watch legend George Daniel"】

Selected items

Germany, stamped CK
Very important large early bronze plated timing pocket watch with "Stackfreed" spring brake, alarm clock and dial dial, approx. 1575.
Estimate: 43,000-60,000 pounds

In the 16th and 17th centuries, sophisticated scientific instruments were popular because of their status and knowledge as owners. Portable instruments are particularly popular, and this pocket watch, with its astrolabe dial and delicate movement, was of great significance to collectors in the 16th century.

Ferdinand Berthoud & Jean Martin, Paris
Very few early copper timepieces, year 1795, number 64.
Estimate: 42,000-60,000 pounds

Ferdinand Berthoud earned the title of master watchmaker in 1754 after completing his studies in Paris, and devoted his life to the study and production of precision sea timers. In 1764, he was awarded the honorary title of "watchmaker of the royal navy," a title that became particularly prestigious as countries competed to make chronometers that could calculate longitude at sea. Under the orders of king Louis xv, betu went to London to learn the latest technology of Britain, and then brought back to France, designed two nautical chronometers, repeatedly successful escort for the French navy. Since then, he has been responsible for making all the chronometers on the French king's ships and has devoted nearly 50 years to designing sophisticated Marine timers.

London s. Smith & Son
Very important large gold size self-tuning twin-hair pocket watch with three times, calendar and tracing needle timing function, year 1903, no. 309-2.
Estimate: £170,000- £260,000

On the eve of the 20th century, s. Smith & Son was the most important complex watchmaking studio in London. Jeweler and watchmaker Samuel Smith founded the business in 1851, making watches for the workshop with his partner Nicole Nielsen. In addition to clocks, the workshop produces precision timers that perform well and is a supplier to the admiralty. S. Smith & Son continued to operate as a family business, expanding beyond clocks and watches into automobile and aircraft instrument manufacturing. It is one of the largest timepieces in the shop and comes from the large and complex series produced by the famous British watchmaker at the turn of the last century.

London, William Ilbery
Gold with enamel inlaid hard stone and small pearl pocket watch, made for Chinese market, year about 1800, no. 6119.
Estimate: £35,000- £50,000
William Ilbery is the principal partner in the family business that his father, John, owns. He worked from 1780 until the mid-1840s, when he retired to run a business in London. He was known for making luxury timepieces for the Chinese market, which he said was the beginning of a new style for watches exported to Asia. William's father, John, usually used a balance mandrel, but he preferred the traditional Swiss double escapement, for example.

London, William Anthony
Rare gold enameled half-edged pearl and diamond 8-day pocket watch, made in China, 1797 years, no. 1898.
Estimate: £70,000- £100,000

William Anthony makes watches for the Chinese market, especially the ornate oval pocket watch. Case of intricate and orderly decoration, with clear and plain white enamel dial, dial in two, the upper hand and the minute hand to show time, the lower is a small second plate. Like many timepieces exported to China, the watch has a carved eight-day power movement, a large suspended clockwork box and a double escapement.

London, Charles Frodsham
Very large gold chain on the size of the double hair bar from the Ming pocket watch three ask time, calendar, lunar phase display and timing function, year 1884, no. 06989.
Estimate: £50,000- £80,000

It's a powerful pocket watch that weighs 449 grams. The weight of the case is concentrated in the thick, wide, multi-tiered design at the center. With a complicated structure, an extra middle stopwatch minute hand and an indication of the external ring timing scale, the design is unique and worth collectors' attention. An original Charles Frodsham & Co. certificate certifying that the product entered the company's inventory in 1884.

London, George Daniels
"Space Traveller I" a unique and extremely important gold pocket watch with double delamentary mechanism of Daniel type, flat solar time, stellar time, calendar, lunar age and phase and time equation, 1982.
Estimate: 700,000 to 1,000,000 pounds

"Space Traveller" was conceived by Daniel to honour the astronauts he admired. He firmly believed that the pocket watch could theoretically cope with Space travel, so he added flat solar and stellar times to the design. Sidereal time has traditionally been the standard time used by astronauts, based on the earth's rotation period, which is calculated based on the time it takes the earth to pass through a fixed star.
George Daniel began making "Space Traveller" in 1979 and was nominated as "Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers" in the same year. It is one of the most important modern timepieces and is recognized as Daniel's most famous and popular timepiece. The watchmaker himself loved the Space Traveller and regretted the decision to sell it so he immediately set out to make a second pocket watch of the same style, entitled Space Traveller II, which remained with him until his death in 2011. This is not only the first time the product has been sold at auction after more than 30 years, but also the first time it has been in the public eye since 1988.

Gilt enamel enamel with ruby and diamond obelisk clock with gold base and Renaissance decoration, circa 1720.
Estimate: 50,000 to 70,000 pounds

The gorgeous clock, probably from dresden, was made by Johann Heinrich Kohler (1669-1736), a court jeweler. A goldsmith, jeweler and ivory carver, kule became a jeweler at the court of Frederick auguste I, king of Saxony, in 1718. Two other clocks of similar design are in the leipzig book the green dome by Joachim Menzhausen. Mr. Kuhle worked with other jewelers, including Johann Melchior Dinglinger, on crafts for the court of Saxony.

London Josephus Quash
Large gold-plated astronomical pocket watch with crystal petal-shaped case, dated 1665.
Estimate: £42,000- £70,000

Crystal case large round, astronomical dial display complex and sophisticated functions. The top rotating small dial is composed of four concentric scale rings and the fifth circle fixed scale outer ring. The two innermost rings show the days of each month, which are arranged according to the Julian calendar, with the signs of the zodiac on the third circle. The three circles of the scale ring and the fourth circle of the month to display the date, the center pointer until the month of the scale ring. A metal insect pointer at the edge of the month dial indicates the day. The small dial below is equipped with an hour hand that points to the Roman numerals. The fan window on the left shows the day of the week and related fable characters. The three Windows on the right are all related to the moon, with the circular window showing the phases of the moon and the upper and lower fan Windows showing the age and time of the moon respectively.

London, George Margetts
Enamel pocket watch with i-wheel detent movement, tidal, almanac and astronomical display, coat shell painting enamel gray portrait, year 1778, no. 1.
Estimate: £130,000- £220,000

There are only four or five known astronomical pocket watches made by George Margetts. The late George Daniel once wrote that his astronomical pocket watches, in contrast to maiutz's chronometers, "contain a very different idea. They are exquisitely crafted, and are examples of the workmanship of eighteenth-century English watchmakers." British museum collection of two no number of the same astronomical pocket watch, earlier than this article. This item, no. 1, is beautifully decorated, indicating that it may be the first pocket watch of the same style sold by maierz. The two examples in the British museum have slightly different dials, showing the age of the moon not at the center of the dial, but at the edge of the tide.