Lot 7
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Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • A Fine Jade and Gold Square Strut Timepiece with Chinoiserie Scene
    CIRCA 1930 NO 2146
  • width 7.4cm.
• circular nickel lever movement signed European Watch & Clock Co., Inc., bi-metallic compensation balance, 15 jewels, three adjustments • circular black dial set with tinted mother-of-pearl-set chinoiserie scene depicting a scholar on an inlet landscape among a pagoda and tree, Gothic hands • gold chapter ring to the bezel set with red enamel Roman, dot and trianglar numerals, jade square case with triangular carved green jade spandrels, gilt case back and strut • case and strut hand-stamped with Cartier numbers

Catalogue Note

For similar examples of Cartier pendulette pieces of Chinese inspiration, see Barracca, J., Negretti, G., and Nencini, F., Le Temps de Cartier, 1989, pp. 167, 169, 172-3 and 176.  

The 1920s marked a heightened interest in exotic motifs from the East, and many of Cartier's pieces incorporated materials like jade to match the Asian aesthetic. Such pieces promised, as advertised for Cartier's 1929 Paris exposition, 'the incarnation of an impalpable dream of the Orient.' (Barracca et al, pp. 81-2, 180)