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.
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.
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.
1923 Les Bergers D’arcadie Pocket-watch
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).
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.
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.
Grapevines on the case compliment the style of the painting.
Center of the dial illustrates a bridal basket.
Dial Marked: "Vacheron & Constantin" "8 Day" "Geneve" "Swiss" Movement stamped: "Vacheron & Constantin" "Geneve"
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.