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The body and eye-piece revolve to reveal the watch and the automated scene. The watch movement, with cylinder escapement, and white enamel dial is signed “Puy Roche”. The automated musical scene plays at will by means of depressing a button above the pearls, and consists of a mounted procession passing a double fountain of revolving twisted glass against a painted enamel wooded landscape.
46 mm diameter. 76mm long (unextended).
Marked S. N. for Sene & Neiser – Goldsmiths 1806 - 1808
Pictured in Le Monde des Automates p. 66.
An almost identical opera glass was in the collection of M. Bernard Franck, Paris.
Provenance: Rikoff Collection (1907), H. Plisson Collection, Galerie Charpentier (1956), Sotheby’s New York Auction – Oct. 27, 1976, Asprey Collection, Exhibit 17.
Only twelve of these are known to exist in the world today and this is considered to be among the two finest.
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