This June, Sotheby’s will offer a magnificent private collection of musical automata that embodies the golden age of Swiss craftsmanship during the Industrial Revolution, when noted makers married technology and artistry to create miraculous objects in miniature, for export throughout Europe, Turkey, India and the Imperial Court in China. The collection of late-18th and early-19th century snuffboxes and timepieces will lead Sotheby’s New York sale of Important Watches on 11 June 2015. Assembled across five decades, the collection of museum-quality works includes some of the most iconic and historical objects from the period – many of them unseen for generations, and known only from literature. The collection offers pieces by preeminent artisans of the day, including watchmakers Jacquet-Droz and Piguet & Meylan, and gold box maker Jean George Rémond. Many of the works are distinguished further by exceptional provenanc

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