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    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 206

    Cartier. A very fine and rare rock crystal, enamel and diamond-set desk clock with box

    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 455, MOVEMENT NO. 161'670, CASE NOS. 854 AND 455, CIRCA 1920

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    Cartier. A very fine and rare rock crystal, enamel and diamond-set desk clock with box
    Signed Cartier, no. 455, movement no. 161'670, case nos. 854 and 455, circa 1920
    Nickel-finished jewelled lever movement, translucent blue enamel dial on sunburst background, outer gold and white champlevé enamel ring for the Roman hours, fancy diamond-set hands, outer black enamel and diamond-set ring, circular rock crystal case, winder in the chromed back, hinged rock crystal stand, case signed and numbered, movement numbered
    85 mm. diam.

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    With Cartier original fitted presentation box stamped with the gold crown of Queen Marie of Yugoslavia.


    The Property of HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia, formerly in the Collection of HM Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Sotheby's London, 14 December 1995, lot 56.

    Maria of Romania (6 January 1900 - 22 June 1961) was queen consort to King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. Her titles included HM Queen Maria of Yugoslavia (1929-1945), HM The Queen of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (1922-1929) and HRH Princess Maria of Romania (1900-1922).

    Marie was born in Gotha, Thuringia in Germany, during the reign of her maternal grandfather Duke Alfred of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and during the Romanian reign of her granduncle King Carol I. She was known as "Mignon" in the family to distinguish her from her mother, Princess Marie, a daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, a son of Queen Victoria. Her maternal great-grandfather was Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Marie's father was Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania. She married King Alexander I of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes on 8 June 1922, and raised three sons.

    Following the assassination of King Alexander in Marseille in 1934, she became Queen Mother of Yugoslavia and her oldest son became Peter II of Yugoslavia, the last Yugoslav king.

    Maria was well educated, spoke several languages fluently and enjoyed painting and sculpting. She also drove a car by herself, which was very unusual at the time.

    Well loved and respected by the people of Yugoslavia, she continues to be well thought of and remains, in the eyes of the Serbian people, one of the greatest humanitarian patron's of the Balkan region. Streets are named in her memory, such as "Ulica kraljice Marije" or "Queen Marija Street", and numerous schools and other organizations still carry her name.

    Marie died in exile in London on 22 June 1961 and is interred at the Royal Burial Ground at Frogmore, which adjoins Windsor Castle.