Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Timepiece that was only seen in black & white photograph of Vacheron & Constantin archive. Approximately one century after this clock was documented and sold, it has resurfaced.Vacheron & Constantin clocks are rare by themselves and when a documented example is found that is an extraordinary discovery.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

1926 Rococo style bridal clock was made as a wedding gift to a bride on a wedding day. Bridal clocks where highly desirable wedding gifts at that time and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was known to honor this tradition for family and close friends.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Clock's enamel painting is signed "Goll" For Marie Goll (1846-1933). who was a renowned master enameler for Vacheron & Constantin. Similar pieces commissioned to her included the 1923 Les Bergers D’arcadie Pocket-watch which was made for brothers Robert And George Grandjean they were both members of The Vacheron & Constantin's Board of Directors. The 1923 Les Bergers D’arcadie pocket-watch was featured on the cover page of the 2011 Vacheron Constantin exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

1923 Les Bergers D’arcadie Pocket-watch

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Ms. Goll specialized is the “Geneva Technique,” which means she reproduced miniature renderings of paintings by the old masters, this clock is the largest miniature painting ever seen made by Marie Goll. The clock size is: 5 3/4'' x 3 3/4''. (146.05mm x 95.25mm).

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Painting inspired by, François Boucher French, 1703–1770. Pensent-ils au raisin? (Are They Thinking about the Grape?) Size: 31 3/4'' x 27" (80.8cm x 68.5cm)

Are They Thinking about the Grape?—a bucolic scene inspired by an 18th-century Parisian play—illustrates a moment in which a love-struck shepherd and shepherdess exchange grapes picked in an unseen vineyard. Sexual innuendoes, driven home by the title, underpin the apparent innocence of the couple’s encounter. The contrast between the couple’s rustic origins and their luxurious versions of country dress demonstrates ability to create a world suspended between fantasy and reality. Rustic themes correspond to a current in 18th-century French thought that advocated a return to nature, a concept consistent with the regard for natural law and natural rights espoused by Rousseau and other Enlightenment thinkers. The fashion for emulating peasant life even permeated the royal court, where Marie Antoinette donned country garb and strolled through the grounds of Versailles.

Choice of the painting. François Boucher painted two versions of Pensent-ils au raisin? (Are They Thinking about the Grape?) Just like the Les Bergers D’arcadie Pocket-watch the second version was chosen of original master piece.

A royal Swedish architect commissioned a second version of Are They Thinking about the Grape? in 1747. for Stockholm Palace. In the Swedish version, Boucher replaced the boy and sheep with a view of a river and hamlet. Both paintings, with their pastel palettes, painterly brushwork, and themes, are exceptionally fine examples of the popular pastoral genre in the Rococo mode that Boucher perfected.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Reference No. 251014, Archived Photo No. 2518. See: "The World Of Vacheron & Constantin Geneve" Book, Page 355 Reference No. It is believed that only two versions of this clock were crafted – one in 1925 and the other in 1926. Each clock features unique enamel painting but only my clock was signed by Ms. Goll.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Grapevines on the case compliment the style of the painting.

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

Center of the dial illustrates a bridal basket.

Dial Marked: "Vacheron & Constantin" "8 Day" "Geneve" "Swiss" Movement stamped: "Vacheron & Constantin" "Geneve"

Vacheron & Constantin Pensent-ils au raisin? Clock.

What makes this find extraordinary rare, that the dial, movement and enamel signed. It was in-house made. Other timepieces only had Vacheron & Constantin movement but everything else made elsewhere. This clock truly presents Vacheron & Constantin Geneva.

Please tell us your personal connection
06/13/2014 - 20:51

with this clock heart.  What a great find if you have aquired the piece!  The 8-day movement would be very interesting to examine, do you have pictures?  Dying to know more...

Re: Please tell us your personal connection
06/13/2014 - 22:24

How i aquired the clock is intesting story. I get to travel for work and sometimes i vistit local jewelers in town, just to see what they got  Most of the times its just jewelry but sometimes i get to see vintage watches and clocks in estate section of the store. One day i was in Connecticut, owner of the store had this clock on top shelf, i asked to see it in hand,  I fell in love at first sight, but did not buy it at that time, coming back home could not stop thinking about it. By the time i got home, i knew i had to have it. Made a phone call the next morning to make sure he still got it, lucky me it was still in the store, so i placed an order and had it shipped to my house.

Picture of the movement. Please tell us your personal connection

Thank you for launching us into the weekend on a high!
06/13/2014 - 23:03

Beautiful and precious!  Your story is amazing and gives hope to everyone who like to poke into the corners of shops.  The movement is under their Astral brand name, registered 1895, and there is some info in this previous thread: https://www.thehourlounge.com/en/vacheron-constantin-discussions/fabrique-pour-vc-car-clock-582388?entire_thread=1#reply-582415.  I'm sure with some work, the manufacturer could be identified from the list that Alex provided.

The highlight, of course, is that enamel face heart by Marie Goll as commissioned by V&C.  The importance is reflect by its inclusion in the the photo reference catalog, which was reserved for special pieces only.  Thank-you for sharing, that is what we are all about yes.

Re: Re: Please tell us your personal connection
06/14/2014 - 00:23

 

Do you think VC made the wooden case as well or was that likely farmed out?

I see one screw is different than the others (a very minor point). Given the presence of "AF" and "SR", the intended market, English or French was not clear on completion.

The painting is quite something!

What a fascinating story! Thank you so much for sharing your horological adventure.

Joseph

Thank you
06/14/2014 - 00:50

Scew are all the same. Case is silver gold mounted.

An Amazing Clock and Find!
06/14/2014 - 01:55

I can only imagine how much nicer the enamel dial appears in person than in pictures!

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your acquisition story!

 

BR, Dan

Wow, what a great find!
06/14/2014 - 21:10

Congratulations on your luck and skill in recognizing such a wonderful acquisition.

Re: Wow, what a great find!
06/15/2014 - 03:02

Thank you, it took about 3 weeks for me to reaserch this clock. I am still not done. The faces look more mature on the enamel painting then the original painting, also the boy holding 3 grapes in one hand. I am trying to find a connection to November 10, 1926 – Wedding of Leopold III of Belgium & Astrid of Sweden and this clock.

http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/november-10-1926-wedding-of-leopold-iii-of-belgium-astrid-of-sweden/

 

Fantastic!
06/14/2014 - 22:53

What a great find, definitely worth remembering to visit every second hand shops whenever one travels.

Is the clock running?

Best,

Stan

 

Re: Fantastic!
06/15/2014 - 02:40

Hi Stan,

Thank you, clock is keeping perfect time, just had it serviced.

 

 

a sumptuous timepiece and your photos really do the
06/16/2014 - 09:50

watch justiceyes

Photographs and words - a beautiful combination...
06/17/2014 - 13:05

Thank you for sharing this treasure - a super presentation!...

Much enjoyed.

Tony