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AN IMPRESSIVE YELLOW GOLD SILVER GILT ROCK CRYSTAL LAPIS LAZULI NEPHRITE AND DIAMOND SET TWO COLUMN PORTICO MYSTERY CLOCK REF 7949 NO 229 453 CIRCA 1984
Estimate
125,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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783
Cartier
AN IMPRESSIVE YELLOW GOLD SILVER GILT ROCK CRYSTAL LAPIS LAZULI NEPHRITE AND DIAMOND SET TWO COLUMN PORTICO MYSTERY CLOCK REF 7949 NO 229 453 CIRCA 1984
Estimate
125,000200,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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AN IMPRESSIVE YELLOW GOLD SILVER GILT ROCK CRYSTAL LAPIS LAZULI NEPHRITE AND DIAMOND SET TWO COLUMN PORTICO MYSTERY CLOCK REF 7949 NO 229 453 CIRCA 1984
• jeweled manual winding lever movement housed within upper architrave • dodecagonal rock crystal mystery dial, yellow gold and diamond set hands, framed within a silver gilt and nephrite chapter ring, outer lapis lazuli chapter ring with applied yellow gold and diamond set radial Roman numerals, and outermost rock crystal ring, suspended from the top with decorative silver gilt, nephrite and rock crystal post and lintel • clock suspended between two rock crystal columns enhanced by lapis lazuli, silver gilt, yellow gold, diamond, and nephrite set accents, each surmounted by silver gilt, lapis lazuli and nephrite, the upper plinth centered by a hinged nephrite and silver gilt lid to reveal the key winding and setting mechanisms, all surmounted upon a quadrangular rock crystal and lapis lazuli base with stepped silver gilt trim • case and movement signed and numbered • with a winding key
measuring approximately 28.5 x 8.4 x 37.6 cm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by facsimiles of one Cartier invoice dated December 31, 1984, and Cartier Lapis Mystery Clock descriptive sale documents. Also with a photographic illustration of the timepiece marked with the design reference no. 7949 and one Polaroid depicting the same illustration. Together with a Cartier presentation box. 

The total diamond weight is approximately 11.60 cts.

The Cartier "Pendule Mystérieuses" or "Mystery Clock" has captured the imagination of Cartier collectors for decades. Inspired by the work of the 1850s French magician and clockmaker, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, Maurice Couet devised the first Mystery Clock in 1913 which was named "Pendules Mysterieuses Model A."

This mechanically and aesthetically remarkable design was the basis for some of Cartier's most impressive clocks of the 1920s and beyond. The time appears to float magically in the air, indicated by two rotating crystal disks that suspend the hour hand and minute hand in a captivating dance. From the perspective of the viewer, the clock operates without mechanical means, hence its description as a Mystery clock.

Revitalized in the 1980s, Cartier produced a series of exquisite mystery timepieces with luxurious and fine materials such as the present lot, accentuated by lapus lazuli, nephrite, and diamonds. 

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