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Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.
A FINE AND RARE LAPIS LAZULI, NEPHRITE, DIAMOND, RUBY AND GOLD EIGHT DAY DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
Estimation
100 000150 000
Lot. Vendu 290,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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55
Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.
A FINE AND RARE LAPIS LAZULI, NEPHRITE, DIAMOND, RUBY AND GOLD EIGHT DAY DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
Estimation
100 000150 000
Lot. Vendu 290,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.
A FINE AND RARE LAPIS LAZULI, NEPHRITE, DIAMOND, RUBY AND GOLD EIGHT DAY DESK TIMEPIECE CIRCA 1930
• circular nickel lever movement, 17 jewels, gilt dust cover • nephrite dial, applied diamond-set Roman numerals, inner square ruby-set accents, diamond-set arrow hands, each corner with a fluted rectangular gold bracket accent • thick rectangular case with fluted nephrite accents to the corners, checkered lapis lazuli enhancements to the raised top, bottom and sides, black enamel base with nephrite angled braces to the front and back, hidden key compartment in base, back featuring two key holes for setting and winding, each with gold and blue enamel rims, four fluted rectangular gold bracket accents to the corners to match the front • base signed Cartier and hand-stamped with Cartier numbers, outside of dust cover signed European Watch and Clock Co France and hand-stamped with Cartier numbers, outer rim of movement hand-stamped with Cartier numbers, movement signed twice European Watch and Clock Co. Inc. France.   
height 12 cm, width 10.5 cm, depth 6.4 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, Important Watches, June 13th, 2007, lot 47

Description

Accompanied by Cartier red leather fitted presentation box and original key.

The present lot contrasts nicely to Cartier's ethereal designs in rock crystal and enamel produced in the 1910s and 1920s, and beautifully illustrates the aesthetic timeline into the 1930s. In many ways, the handsome and simple design provides an almost masculine counterpoint to those earlier pieces.The substantial and imposing case, composed of lapis lazuli with nephrite accents, bears a striking resemblance to the design of the celebrated and record-breaking F.D.R. Victory Clock, sold by Sotheby's New York, December 4th, 2007.

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