Cartier is determined to imprint its highly inventive jewelry brand on traditionally functional objects like these clocks. Standing on a desk, they create a fantasy dream-like ambiance with their eloquent motifs and precious materials. To achieve this effect, Cartier often draws inspiration from distant civilizations such as ancient Egypt, China and India. These sophisticated pieces require the expertise and participation of four or five different workshops.

STRIKING CLOCK

CARTIER PARIS, 1927

Yellow gold, silver-gilt, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli (base and top), coral, emerald, cornelian, polychrome enamel. Rectangular 8-day movement, striking mechanism (hour and quarter-hours), gold-plated, beaded decoration, 3 adjustments, 15 jewels, platform escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. 

Sold to Mrs. Blumenthal.
George Blumenthal (1858-1941) headed Lazard, a Wall Street investment bank, and was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1905 onward. This clock was sold to his first wife, Florence (1873-1930). As collectors and patrons of many French artists, the couple owned several major pieces by Cartier. In 1935, one year after he was appointed president of the Metropolitan Museum, Blumenthal married Mary Ann Payne.

24.00 x 15.70 x 12.70 cm

CLOCK

CARTIER PARIS, 1927

Yellow gold, platinum, carved agate (China, 19th century). One large faceted citrine, rose-cut diamonds, lapis lazuli (base and dial), black enamel. 

Rectangular 8-day movement, gold-plated, 17 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

Height 13.5 cm

PORTIQUE GRAVITY
CLOCK

CARTIER PARIS, 1927

Platinum, yellow gold, coral, carved jade, onyx (base), nephrite (columns and lintel), rose-cut diamonds, four ruby cabochons, black enamel. 

Round 8-day Longines movement, gold-plated, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. 

The clock case slowly descends between the 2 columns. On reaching the bottom, that is to say eight days later, it must be moved back to the top by hand. The falling motion, due to gravity, serves to drive the movement 

Provenance: The Barbra Streisand Collection

23.0 x 12.1 x 7.0 cm