Marie-Cécile Cisamolo is not any stranger to beautiful craftsmanship. “I like my job, even on a Saturday,” goes an Instagram put up, as she tries out a Bulgari ruby ring, a Cartier panther bangle-watch and different glittering items from the present Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale. However the public sale home’s jewelry specialist is visibly excited when she presses a tiny moonstone button on an Artwork Deco desk clock and it chimes. Cisamolo is on a webinar about an ongoing assortment of Cartier clocks, the place every of the 101 items on sale options the French home’s mastery in enamelling, engraving and gem setting. And as she pulls out an agate and purple enamel quantity with somewhat agate door to disclose a meticulously designed clock face, or exclaims over the female colors or quirks of a number of the clocks, Francesca Cartier Brickell, her co-host, offers the within story.

From the household album

Sharing particulars from a decade of analysis spent on her latest e book, The Cartiers, Brickell talks in regards to the journey from Belle Epoque to Artwork Deco, thriller to prism clocks. About how Louis Cartier was surrounded by nice inventors, together with Edmund Jaeger. How he cherished to go to Chinese language vintage outlets in Paris to purchase lacquer panels. And the development for all issues Chinese language within the 1920s, as seen in vainness circumstances, jewelry and artwork. Sitting in her grandfather Jean-Jacques Cartier’s library (he ran Cartier London until the enterprise was offered to Swiss luxurious conglomerate, Richemont), Brickell factors to a design aesthetic that was additionally impressed by the splendour of Russia’s royal Home of Romanov. She reminds us of clockmaker Maurice Couet’s contribution to Cartier and presents authentic drawings and letters from that point.

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When Brickell refers to how Louis Cartier’s jewelry designs, within the Garland Model, impressed his clocks, Cisamolo picks up a 1904 creation in dark-blue opaline glass and white enamel from a shelf behind her. Within the catalogue of clocks, all from a non-public European collector who had amassed them over three many years, the beginning bid for this urn clock is CHF 40,000. The gathering is estimated to promote above $5 million. Christie’s says the clocks, even when over a 100 years previous, are in working situation.

The thriller continues

Art Deco 'Mignonette' clock

Artwork Deco ‘Mignonette’ clock  

Whereas the sale doesn’t embrace a thriller clock — Cartier’s tour de drive of phantasm, the place the hour and minute fingers float free inside what seems to be a crystal ball, with no clockwork exhibiting — they do have just a few semi-mystery clocks. Cisamolo’s favorite, a day and night time clock made in 1913, comes with the Latin inscription: “I don’t rely the hours if they aren’t good.” Beforehand owned by aristocrats, heiresses and politicians, these horological creations are a reminder of magnificence and opulence from one other period. As Cisamolo places it, now let’s hope they discover the best properties.

The sale at closes on July 21, 2020.

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