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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAME NELLIE MELBA GBE

A very fine rock crystal, enamel and diamond-set desk clock with box, Cartier, numbered 379 and 7137, circa 1915

Estimate $20,000 - $25,000

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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAME NELLIE MELBA GBE

jewelled lever movement, translucent blue enamel dial on sunburst background, outer gold, rose diamond and white champleve enamel ring for the Roman hours, fancy diamond set hands, the hour hand in the form of a shooting star outer white enamel and diamond set minute ring, circular rock crystal case, winder in the chromed back, hinged rock crystal stand, case signed Cartier, Paris and numbered 7137, diameter 10cm

  • Lot Sold $200,000 (Hammer Price)
  • $244,000 (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)

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Cartier lavished the riches of the enamel palette on its timepieces. This rock crystal desk clock uses white and sweet blue guilloche enamel, and its blue pattern on the metal ground is visible through the transparent enamel, described as 'guilloche' with the radiating rays. Dating from the Belle Epoque, these desk clocks were among the most favoured gifts of the Edwardian period, a time distinguished by an elegance and refinement that revived the splendour of Louis XVI.

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Alison Alford

Consultant

Arts & Design
Sydney
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Alison Alford

Ann Roberts

Consultant, Asian Art

Arts & Design
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Ann Roberts

Anthony Hurl

Consultant

Arts & Design
Adelaide
T: +61 (0)8 7225 7836
E: Anthony Hurl

Philip A. Gore

Consultant, Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments

Arts & Design
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900

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