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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Black Starr & Frost and Pierre Gravoin
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ROCK CRYSTAL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL, HARDSTONE AND GEM-SET DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
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PROPERTY OF A LADY

Black Starr & Frost and Pierre Gravoin
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ROCK CRYSTAL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL, HARDSTONE AND GEM-SET DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
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Black Starr & Frost and Pierre Gravoin
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ROCK CRYSTAL, MOTHER-OF-PEARL, HARDSTONE AND GEM-SET DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
• rectangular nickel lever movement, 17 jewels • dial composed of central H-form section of inlaid mother-of-pearl depicting a flowering vine, the sides, top and back of that portion engraved with concentric circles to compose a cloud pattern, the chapter ring engraved upon the rock crystal frame, the Arabic numerals spaced by etched geometric motif, diamond-set hands • the whole surmounted upon molded and pierced glass hippocampi, their eyes composed of emerald cabochons, all atop an agate base • case signed Black Starr & Frost, further stamped PG for Pierre Gravoin
height 15 cm, width 12.5 cm, depth 6.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

This extraordinary piece is a collaboration between Black Starr & Frost, Pierre Gravoin, and likely Vladimir Makovsky. The house of Black Starr & Frost was founded in 1810, and is known today as 'America's First Jeweler'. Their flagship boutique on 5th Avenue in New York was a landmark frequented by collectors of the highest eschelons of society, such as the Carnegies and the Vanderbilts.

Pierre Gravoin's work is indicated by his stamp 'PG' within a lozenge, the letters spaced by a musical note. His work includes mystery clocks for Cartier as well as Black Starr & Frost. He is recorded as a jeweler and from the known examples, he was a craftsman of great talent. He is known to have worked on two other desk timepieces of similar designs with inlaid mother-of-pearl dials completed by Vladimir Makovsky. Though the dial in the present example is unsigned, it can be attributed to Makovsky.

For another work attributed to this artist, see the next lot. 

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