Enameled Gold Chatelaine with Watch by C-T Guenoux, 18th Century
Era: XVI period.
Materials: gold, enamel.
Dim: Length 8.3 in (21 cm).
Watch diameter: 1.6 in (4 cm)
Weight: 2.5 oz (70 g)
Monkey head 1775-1781.
Chatelaine in enameled gold with a watch. The gold chatelaine is embellished with royal blue enamel and accented with alternating stars and dots. Five small chains connect the upper, rectangular section bordered with white enamel dots to a central, oval section with two rows of the same white enamel motif. Six chains descend from the oval piece and connect to a gold and enamel watch key, a watch, and a pompom-shaped charm. The circular watch is housed in a gold case with translucent, blue enamel that leaves the intricate geometric pattern on the gold underneath visible. A central, stylized flower accents the center of the watch casing, and the white enamel dots from the chatelaine are repeated in concentric circles on the case. The watch face is in pearlized, white enamel. The watch is signed: Guenoux à Paris. Some restoration to the watch enamel.
Charles Théodor Guenoux watchmaker living on rue de Grenelle and active in 1792, having taken over the workshop of Swiss watchmaker Daniel Patron.