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French
A FINE AND RARE MOTHER-OF-PEARL, FROSTED ROCK CRYSTAL, ONYX AND DIAMOND-SET DESK TIMEPIECE  CIRCA 1925
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French
A FINE AND RARE MOTHER-OF-PEARL, FROSTED ROCK CRYSTAL, ONYX AND DIAMOND-SET DESK TIMEPIECE  CIRCA 1925
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A FINE AND RARE MOTHER-OF-PEARL, FROSTED ROCK CRYSTAL, ONYX AND DIAMOND-SET DESK TIMEPIECE  CIRCA 1925
• circular nickel lever movement, 15 jewels • tinted mother-of-pearl dial, the foreground depicting an courtly scene of a female figure with a cup of wine and a crowned male figure, the background with two gazelles within a landscape, diamond-set Roman numerals and hands, work attributed to Vladimir Makovsky • the case composed of frosted glass, the cut corners heightened by diamond, feldspar and enamel-set fittings, upon stepped lapis lazuli feet, all upon a base composed of onyx and frosted rock crystal • case signed L. R. 
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Catalogue Note

The scene in this example is reminiscent of a 16th/17th century Persian painting from the Safavid period. It is inspired by traditional Persian epic poetry, a genre exemplified by celebrated writers such as Rumi, Saadi and Hafez. The sharing of wine between lovers is a prominent motif in Persian paintings and miniatures. The decorative background features two gazelles, which represent the theme of love and is reproduced on various media from the period. It evokes the romantic mood of poetry and mirrors the blossoming love between the pair in the foreground.

The exquisitely rendered dial of the present lot recalls the work of Vladimir Makovsky, an artist whose works made frequent reference to the exotic lands after a lifetime of travels. His creations can be found on pieces made for Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier, among others. 

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