The Cartier tradition of clock and watch making extends almost as far back as the founding of the company. In 1898, Louis Cartier, one of the three Cartier brothers and grandson of founder Louis-François, moved to 13 rue de La Paix with his father, Alfred. Louis was a talented creator of jewels and art objects, and confirmed his talent by tying his craft with clock making traditions, lost now for more than a century.
Thereafter, Cartier’s clocks, table clocks, and watches were manufactured with an emphasis on perfection, beauty and originality. Clock making, at first a secondary activity, became the predominant activity and prestige of Cartier.
This elegant Art Deco-period desk clock by Cartier features a soft blue guilloché enamel and gold frame. With Roman numerals marking the hours, the dial’s radiant guilloché pattern is well-complemented by hands studded with fine white diamonds. An outstanding example of 1920s design, this remarkable timepiece comes with its original red leather case, excellent condition.
H 6.35 cm x W 6.35 cm x D 2.54 cm
Cartier Art Deco Yellow Gold Table Clock (Click photo to enlarge).
I lòve watches, and I lòve clocks… those litte tiny French desk or table clocks. Regular visitors of Yakymour see them sometimes as background decoration in different posts. This Cartier Art Deco clock is made of 18k solid yellow gold, with a luminous dial for reading any time. The hands look to have been retouched, but the package includes the original fitted leather presentation box or foudral. The 5 day movement inside was made by Lemania, who was making mechanical movements for a lot of top watchmakers at the time.
by Jean Amr
People who know me, know that I have a (total) weakness for desk or table clocks! Especially those from the French jewelery houses like Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin and…of cours: Cartier. Two years ago from now, there was one very nice example for aution then. A Cartier, France, Art Deco rock crystal, white enamel platinum and diamond table clock from circa 1920.
Cartier, France, Art Deco table clock, circa 1920
This Cartier Art Deco pendulette is made of rock crystal and platinum. The milestone-shaped rock crystal clock centering a circular silver-tone engine-turned dial, with black Roman numerals and railroad minute track, with delicate platinum rose-cut diamond-set hands, encircled by a white enamel and gold bezel, accented by two diamond-set platinum florets. The dial signed Cartier, France (case no. 01041). The round 8-day movement is signed ‘Made by Couet’, With signed fitted box.
3 1/4 x 2 11/16 x 5/16 inches.
It was estimate for $8,000-12,000 but it despite the original rock crystal easel was replaced with plexiglass, and the clock was not running, it was sold for $28,125 (includes Buyer’s Premium)! No, it’s not in my collection. It was far above my budget. But ohh so mouth watering beautiful….
Charles Kiffer grew up in an artistic environment. His father had as a tailor, many famous artists as customer. His mother was a piano teacher. As a child he made drawings and caricatures of the friends and acquaintances of his parents. In 1918, Kiffer admitted to the École Supérieure des Beaux Artes, where he focused on painting. A drawing he made of Maurice Chevalier went so well, that he was commissioned to create posters for his shows. Kiffer was apart from painter and designer of posters also an accomplished graphic artist. From 1929 he produced his own lithographs.
Begum Andrée Joséphine Carron Aga Khan by Charles Kiffer, Cartier Art Deco pendulettes (from privat collection), flowers from Bloom Flower Studio
Maurice Chevalier continued to remain faithful to him, and gave him his ’till the 1960’s commands for posters. Also many other greats knew where to find Kiffer, Brigit Bardot, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, George Guétary, Charles Trenet, Josephine Baker, Andrée Joséphine Carron Aga Khan, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Gilbert Bécaud and Marcel Marceau – There was almost no French celebrity who does not accept to be immortalized by Charles Kiffer, during his long life. Charles Kiffer died on 20 January 1992 in Paris.