*Charles Oudin Jean Marchand for Gibeau Paris 1840 Egyptian revival sterling silver watch with fob brooch
A beautiful Egyptian revival watch from Gibeau Paris.
An antique transitional piece, created by Charles Oudin for Jeanne Marchand in Paris France, circa 1840. It is crafted in blackened patinated sterling silver and charcoal gray Ebonite and is embellished with 12 cabochon cuts of 3 mm, carved from natural blue turquoises.
Designed, with the popular Egyptian revival motifs from the period, depicting two pharaoh portraits, wearing a nemes headdress. This piece is composed by 4 parts, linked together by silver chains and is suited at the reverse with a hinged flat piece to be used in a pocked and with an optional loop to be hang into a chain.
The dial is made from white porcelain, 60 minutes and inscribed "GIBEAU 14 PALAIS ROYALE". The mechanical movement is French and is protected by a clear beveled glass. The inside part only show one service scratched inscription, 10400.
Has a total weight of 69.7 grams and a measures of 48 mm by 152 mm (1.89 X 6 Inches).
Stamped, with French hallmarks; the boar's head mark for the assay guaranty of the silver, the Jeanne Marchand, maker's cartouche J.M. and signed, "GIBEAU PARIS 14 PALAIS ROYALE".
Charles Oudin is one of the oldest French horology firms. It was founded in Paris at the end of the 18th century by Jean-Charles (known as Charles) Oudin, who came from a family of clockmakers in Northwest France. There were four generations of Oudins who were clockmakers, as of the mid 18th century, first in the Meuse region and later, in Paris. Several members of the Oudin family worked for the master watch and clockmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet.
Charles Oudin, the best-known member of this horological dynasty, established his business toward the end of the 18th century, devoting himself to luxury and precision clocks and watches. The first watches signed "Charles Oudin, élève de Breguet" (Charles Oudin, student of Breguet) date from 1797. In 1805 he made a repeating à tact watch for Empress Josephine. Taking part in the important exhibitions of the period, he attracted notice; at the Exhibition of the products of French Industry in 1806, he received an Honorable Mention for a self-winding watch at the 1819 Exhibition of the products of French Industry, he received a Citation for an equation watch.
History: Between the 1860 and 1890, ancient cities were discovered, such as Troy, Pompeii and Alexandria. Archaeological excavations in Egypt, Greece and Rome, discovered artistic pieces of these ancient cultures. These fabulous discoveries, stimulated cultural trips to these countries, popularly called "grand tour". Being the case that the enthusiast visitors bring back small objects, like souvenirs to be assembled into jewelry.
The starting point of these trips were in the cities of Rome and Venice. this is why the craftsman's of these cities created small and interesting objects with ancient characteristics like this bracelet.
Revival jewelry: The styles from the renaissance and middle ages, begun in the 1850’s, The Renaissance and Egyptian revivals were joined by a classical revival of Greek and Etruscan styles to conform a new aesthetic. As a result of the construction work on the Suez canal in the mid-1860’s and the Egyptian excavations of Auguste Mariette and the resultant exhibit of Egyptian treasures at the exposition Universelle in 1867, a fascination for all things Egyptian and ancient cultures developed.
We can't track any reference for Gibeau Paris, but the mark of Jeanne Marchand is related to others French horology pieces from the same period.
A truly collectors piece in great vintage condition.
INVENTORY REF: P0000TENV /.1111