• Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2390

    Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1164

    **A MAGNIFICENT ART DECO TOPAZ, JADE, CORAL AND ENAMEL "MYSTERY" CLOCK, BY CARTIER

    Price Realised  

    **A MAGNIFICENT ART DECO TOPAZ, JADE, CORAL AND ENAMEL "MYSTERY" CLOCK, BY CARTIER
    Designed as an octagonal orange topaz dial, with enclosed rose-cut diamond hands designed as a dragon, with applied mother-of-pearl Roman numeral chapters, within a carved coral and black enamel frame with gold trim, decorated with carved jade foliate plaques and diamond collets, to the black onyx base, enhanced by mother-of-pearl and coral palmettes and jade and coral foliate panels, mounted in 18k gold, circa 1928, 5 x 4 x 1 ins., with a gold and black enamel winding key, with French assay marks and maker's marks, in a Cartier brown leather fitted case
    Base signed Cartier, Paris; movement and inside caseback signed European Watch & Clock Co., Inc., France; outside caseback signed Cartier, Paris, nos. 1654, 0613 and 1408


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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Literature

    Hans Nadelhoffer, Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1984, page 258

    Judith Price, Masterpieces of Twentieth Century French Jewelry from American Collections, Running Press, Philadelphia, 2006, page 75

    A. Kenneth Snowman, The Master Jewelers, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1990, page 198


    Exhibited

    Retrospective-Louis Cartier: One Hundred & One Years of the Jeweler's Art, Cartier, New York, 13 October - 29 October 1976, exhibition catalogue, no. 101