AN ELEGANT ART DECO EMERALD BEAD AND DIAMOND PENDANT WATCH, BY OSTERTAG
Designed as a baguette, single and old European-cut diamond and emerald bead wax seal motif, the base encasing a rectangular watch, suspended by single, old European and baguette-cut diamond and emerald bead twin chains from a similarly-set attachment, mounted in platinum, with French hallmarks, circa 1925
Signed by Ostertag, Paris and Vacheron Constantin
The French jeweler, Ostertag, produced jewelry during the Art Deco period that competed with that of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron. Like his rivals, he chose fine gemstones, mounting them into exquisitely designed settings, often reminiscent of eastern forms. The illustrated pendant watch draws its inspiration from eastern art. The actual form of the watch is similar to seal fobs that had been popular since the 1890s while the surmounting decorative motif resembles an oriental architectural pinnacle. Diamonds, cut into rectilinear shapes of circles, square and rectangles, completes the Art Deco theme. In its design, choice of materials and workmanship, the jewelry connoisseur could easily attribute this pendant watch to Cartier; only the mark reveals the fact that it was made by a firm that is little known today.