Cartier, Paris. A fine sapphire, rock-crystal and enameled silver-mounted agate Art Deco desk clockRef: 1100 on handle, 1072 on bezel, circa 1925

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Cartier, Paris. A fine sapphire, rock-crystal and enameled silver-mounted agate Art Deco desk clock
Ref: 1100 on handle, 1072 on bezel, circa 1925

Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium

The Art of Time

4 Dec 2017, 10:00 EST

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Cartier, Paris. A fine sapphire, rock-crystal and enameled silver-mounted agate Art Deco desk clock
Reference: 1100 on handle, 1072 on bezel
Date: circa 1925
Dial: silver with minute ring enclosing roman chapters and guilloche center
Case: Cushion-form agate with rising rock crystal bail handle, enameled silver bezel, sapphire cabochons in the corners
Size: clock height to top of handle 3 1/4in (8.25cm); width 2 1/2in (6.25cm).
Accompaniments: with original fitted red-leather travel case

Footnotes

  • Hardstone small desk clocks in diverse forms were a signature production of the Cartier workshop during the early decades of the 20th century. They were made in a variety of materials, but generally consist of a hardstone case with enameled bezel to which have been added accents of colored stones and / or diamonds.

    The present cushion form is illustrated by Barracca et al. ( pp 110 and 170) in two examples executed in onyx. Another example, of jade, from the Estate of Norma Shearer was sold in these rooms 16 June 2011 for $54,900.

    See: Barracca, Jader, Giampiero Negretti & Franco Nencini. Le Temps de Cartier (1989)


    Frank Tracy Griswold graduated from Harvard University in 1894. After spending the summer and autumn in Europe, he returned to Philadelphia to take the position of treasure of the Griswold Worsted Co., Ltd. Afterwards he went into the brokerage business joining the firm of John Fearon and Company. He married Alice Littleton in 1910. The Griswolds divided their time between their country estate 'Hothorpe' in Radnor, PA where they entertained extensively and seasoned in Bar Harbor, Newport, Palm Beach and Europe. They had two children Frank Tracy Griswold II and Alice Littleton Griswold II. Mr. Griswold died in 1924. Mrs. Griswold continued her schedule of benefits, events and travel and passed in 1968.
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