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A Day
Observed

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Scene 1:
‘Morning’

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:
‘Noon’

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:
‘Evening’

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:
‘Night’

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster

Foundwell

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A wood leather covered cigar box with a fully working clock in the lid, along with an accompanying wood leather covered cigarette box with enclosed match box with striking area to the side.  This is an exceptional and very rare set by two of the most highly regarded luxury manufacturers in the world.  Although the cigar box is not signed by Hermès, it is believed that it was retailed by Hermès and that the two boxes were purchased at the same time, in the same store.  The set was purchased together from the same private collector.  Hermès had a long term relationship with Jaeger-LeCoultre.  They made a number of clocks and watches for the luxury French retailer for over fifty years.  These pieces were not always signed by the retailer either.  This is confirmed by original catalogs from Hermès from this period showing pieces only signed by "Jaeger LeCoultre", but sold in Hermès retail boutiques.

This set comprises of a wood made box covered in a, grained, deep red tanned calf leather with an Arabic sector dial Jaeger LeCoultre eight day clock set into the lid.  The clock is wound and set from the inside of the back of the lid.  The cigar box is lined with cedar wood to keep the tobacco moist.  It has a moveable center divider that can be adjusted depending on the size of the cigar kept inside.  

Along with this stunning cigar box is a matching cigarette box with match vesta.  This piece is signed Hermès and is from the same period, and finished in a very similar leather.  The vesta portion of the box is fabulous. There is a small lever to the side of the box, which once flipped, pushes out the match box, presenting the user with the matches without having to remove and slide out the match box from inside.  There is also a place to strike the match on the outside of the box.

This set is made in France and Switzerland, circa 1930's and is in exceptional all original condition.  This represents an amazing opportunity to buy an exceptionally rare, museum quality piece of Jaeger and Hermès history. 


Price $13,750.00

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Item Dimensions
Match box dimensions
3 x 2 x 5.5 inches (7.62cm)
Cigar box dimensions
5.5 x 7.5 x 3 inches (12.7cm)