CARTIER: A 18 carat gold cased tank wristwatch with deployant buckle signed and numbered 780865903 case back, with 18 carat gold common control mark
Lot 41
CARTIER: A 18 carat gold cased tank wristwatch with deployant buckle signed and numbered 780865903 case back, with 18 carat gold common control mark
Sold for £3,125 (US$ 5,166) inc. premium
Lot Details
CARTIER: A 18 carat gold cased tank wristwatch with deployant buckle
signed and numbered 780865903 case back, with 18 carat gold common control mark
Manual winding, the rectangular case with back held by four screws, the winding crown set with a cabochon sapphire, rectangular white dial with black Roman numerals, signed CARTIER PARIS, with the original 18ct gold folding deployant buckle, signed 18K Cartier

together with an original design drawing relating to Cartier by Dennis Gardner, in pencil and gouache on transparency paper of a suite of jewellery, depicting a necklace, bracelet, ring and an earing, in vibrant red, yellows, green and white, Cartier embossed stamp, height of frame 55cm.

Footnotes

  • This wristwatch belonged to Dennis Gardner and this was a gift to him from Cartier. He was employed there for over 40 years achieving the position of head of design in London.

    Dennis Gardner joined Cartier in London as a designer straight after the Second World War. Dennis recalls in 'Cartier 1900-1939' "...making three designs for each special order, one as the customer required, one interpreting the customers requirements in the Cartier style, and one representing the designers interpretation". Often it took several designs before all parties were satisfied and the item was given the go-ahead. Designs were often pasted together onto a large mount, resulting in a range of dates and styles being displayed together as shown in 'Cartier 1900-1939' page 56. As the drawings were hardly ever signed it is difficult to determine which artist produced which work.
    Literature: 'Cartier 1900-1939', Judith Rudoe, British Museum Press, 1997 edition.
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