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Cartier Paris Art Deco Gilt Brass and Black Enamel Chinoiserie Clock, circa 1925

$15,000

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A clock composed of a square dial in gilt brass set on a trellis base composed of black enamel in the form of a Chinese screen; striped nickel watch movement, fifteen jewels, unadjusted with cut and compensated bimetallic balance on an overcoiled blued steel spring to a lever escapement, signed Cartier From the company’s founding in the nineteenth century, Cartier has offered a variety of decorative and functional objects to their clients. Louis Cartier said, “We must make it our business to build up an inventory that responds to the mood of the public by producing articles which have a useful function but which are also decorated in the Cartier style.” In the 1920s, the booming postwar economy provided spending money for new clients interested in luxury goods for use in daily life. Cartier dedicated an entire design and production group, called the Department S to focus on “elegant gifts and everyday consumer goods.” Headed by the stylish Jeanne Toussaint, the department produced a variety of stunning objects popular with these emerging collectors. This stunning table clock by Cartier is a fantastic example of a useful object embodying the aesthetic of the Art Deco period with clean lines and geometric shapes featuring a touch of the exotic. Composed of a central screen clock element in gold and white enamel, the most eye-catching element of the clock are the black enamel arms that hold the clock face in place. Reminiscent of a Chinese trellis meander design, this element feels both geometric and exotic, especially when juxtaposed with polished gold accents. A pioneer of design in the Art Deco era, Cartier created impressive pieces during the 1920s, and some of the most stunning jewels and objects incorporated exotic elements. The unique shape of this clock evokes the aesthetic of China and Japan, but reimagined in a modern way by Cartier with simple polished gold and black enamel elements. This exquisite design embodies the dynamic spirit of the 1920s and would be an extraordinary addition to any collection.

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  • Metal
  • Weight
    977.7 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 6.75 in. (171.45 mm)Depth: 1.88 in. (47.76 mm)Length: 4.25 in. (107.95 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1925
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: F72401stDibs: LU2075210734222

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About Cartier (Designer)

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.


Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)


Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.


One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.


Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.


On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.


While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally beloved jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.


On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, rings, necklaces and other accessories.

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