18K Gold Art Deco altar or tryptique table clock, the dial appearing when the doors open to reveal black enamel Roman numerals within a stylized oriental frame décor enamelled black. The square silver dial with “chemin de fer” for the minutes’ indexes, blued steel hands. The dial signed CARTIER and BREVETE (patented). Rectangular black onyx top and base. The 18K gold frame enamelled with a black line décor. The platinum clasp set with rose-cut diamonds. The movement is accessed by opening the doors in the back.
Movement furnished by European Watch and Clock Co. Inc. (A Cartier subsidiary)
French eaglehead hallmark for 18K gold
The backplate engraved : Cadran Breveté (dial patented) Made in France
: E. W. C. Co.
The back plate numbered : 42732 and .6294. (Cartier London repair number)
60 x 35/55 x 28 mm (doors closed/open)
Made in 1930
cf: For similar altar clocks, see “Cartier, 1900-1939”, p. 132 of the exhibition catalogue by J. Rudoe, 1997, The British Museum (London) 1997-1998, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) 1997, The Field Museum (Chicago) 1999-2000.
cf: “Cartier, Exceptional Objects”, O. Bachet and A. Cartier, 2019, Palais Royal Editions, volume 1, p. 206.
Condition : Gold case, enamel and onyx in perfect condition ; movement in great working order
Price: USD 30,000