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Rare 1900-1910 Cartier Enamel “Forget Me Knot” Motif Dome Clock

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Documentation Signed
Origin Switzerland
Period 1900-1919
Materials sliver & enamel
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1910
Description Clock measurements :

Height 63mm x Width 36mm x Depth 16mm
Case signed for Cartier & serial numbered
Movement signed for European Watch Company
Recently serviced & Perfect working condition


Rare 1900-1910, Cartier Enamel “Forget Me Knot” Motif Dome Clock

The present clock is fully signed for Cartier Paris & European Watch Company and serial numbered to the reverse side at the base # 21678. The clock has also been recently serviced and is in perfect working condition with minor enamel loss to the front panel, consistent with its age.

During this time frame, Cartier was in a clear competition with Faberge for the same types of clients during the earlier stages when the London office was stills relying heavily on their Parisian counterpart for operational support. Elements of Russian design via the dome shape, garland style wreath trim and choice of enamel colors further exemplify the effects that the Russian market had on the designs Cartier was creating during this time frame.

The dome shape case design is especially unique for this period when compared to the more standard commissioned rectangular case designs or strut enamel Cartier clocks regularly sold by the firm. Additionally, interesting is the very unique and highly personalized enamel motif panel which would suggest that it may have been specially ordered.

During this time frame, the motif of forget me Not flowers was also very common in many jewelry items and as exemplified here on a small travel clock , it would suggest that this clock was probably gifted between two loved ones either before or on way back from long journey apart, as this was typical for gifts being given with this style flower in the late 1800s & early 1900s.

Additionally, as with many of Cartier’s enamel creations, reaching the color hues such as purples on whites with light blues in the middle at such close proximity would have been extremely difficult when compared with the more standard mass produced designs of repetitive patterns during this time frame as standard technology made it extremely hard in general to employ such vibrant coloring in close quarters.
As an avid Cartier clock collector, you may be familiar with the technology and heating process involved which would make color blending almost inevitable, so by its own design, it’s really a true testament to Cartier’s mastery in the art of enameling.

Furthermore, the dial is in beautiful condition as well and please take notice of the additional engraved wreath accent trim at the bottom which reveals the Russian elements infused within this case design when Cartier was being heavily influenced as were many others by the Ballets Reuses in Russia.(Russian ballet) which opened the world’s eyes for the first time to all sorts of elaborate Russian costume sets, textures and colors the world had never seen before .

For more photos , video or questions please do not hesitate to ask and thank you for taking the time to review our listing
Styles / Movements Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 322129
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