Lapis lazuli dial with carved jade centre panel, kingfisher feather surround with enamel details, carved emerald trees details with enamel and turquoise details, rock crystal base, silver and gold (French marks), 1930s, mechanical movement, 9.9x7.9x2.4 cm, signed Cartier, no. 2163, red Cartier fitted original case
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A technique known in ancient China was the application of kingfisher feathers on paper or metal for use as hair ornaments or as picture backgrounds. From 1920 Cartier used kingfisher feathers for clock dials, the shimmering turquoise-violet mosaic gently contrasting with the colours of jade, coral and onyx.

Extract from Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary by H. Nadelhoffer
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This lot incorporates material from endangered species which could result in export restrictions.

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