Dark-blue opaline glass, white enamel, silver-gilt, 1904, mechanical movement, 24.5x15.0x9.5 cm, signed Cartier Paris, red Cartier fitted case
Monaco, 15 April 2012, lot 48
O. Bachet & A. Cartier, Cartier Exceptional Objects, Éditions Palais Royal, 2019, book I, p. 50 for the photograph of this clock
F. Chailles & F. Cologni, The Cartier Collection Timepieces, Flammarion, 2006, pp. 35-36 for photographs of similar clocks
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Lot Essay

The firms of Brédillard and Dagonneau in Paris, with their factories in Geneva, were among the first suppliers of movements for Cartier's table clocks. From 1904 Cartier were using movements made by Prévost, and this workshop was soon undertaking the bulk of Cartier's commissions.
Just as Cartier's contemporary's garland style jewellery was inspired by 18th century design, so from 1901 onward table clocks took the form of garlanded urns in pure Louis XVI style. With bodies of marble, hardstone or porcelain, they were clearly related to the pendules à cercles tournants of the late 18th century. The clock movement, set horizontally in the body of the urn, drove a rotating band dial, as demonstrated on lot 92.

Extract from Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary by H. Nadelhoffer.

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