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circa 1925
The 'Vanderbilt' Art Deco Egyptian Revival desk clock.
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The Vanderbilt spherical clock by Cartier Paris c.1925, the Art Deco Egyptian Revival Desk Clock composed of a spherical lapis case divided by bands of gold, accented by inlaid mother-of-pearl triangles, centring on a circular silver -tone dial with black Roman numerals and gold hands, the gold bezel highlighted by inlaid mother-of-pearl squares, the 8-day movement with push button activated time set and rotating bezel winding mechanism, all supported by a stand with three carved nephrite jade falcons, with rose-cut diamond eyes atop a modified hexagonal shaped lapis lazuli base with gold and mother-of-pearl inlay decoration.
  • OriginParis
  • Condition ReportExtremely fine
  • ProvenanceFrom the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl (1903-2011)
  • SettingDial signed Cartier, France; Cartier stock no. 1188; clockmaker’s workshop no. 692; casemaker’s stamp 2465 & 2466; movement no. 1026525
  • Dimensions3.3⁄4" × 2.1⁄4" × 3.1⁄4"
Directors notes
As her name suggests, Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl was a member of one of America’s wealthiest and most prestigious families. Born in 1903, she was an heiress to the family’s shipping and railroad fortune built by her great-great grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt. She was brought up in a lavish home on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and spent summers on the family estate in Long Island. With a personal income said to be in the region of $1 million a year, she lived a life of true luxury. Married four times, she travelled widely and during her life accumulated a marvellous collection of precious objet and jewellery. She owned several superb Art Deco clocks by Cartier including this wonderful Egyptian Revivalist example in lapis lazuli, nephrite jade and gold.
Literature & exhibitions
cf. Chaille, François, and Franco Cologni. The Cartier Collection:
Timepieces. Paris: Flammarion, 2006, p. 309.
A clock of similar design is in the
Royal Collection, London, and was a
gift from Sir Philip Sassoon


When Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) opened his small jewellery store in Paris in 1847, he couldn’t have imagined that 170 years later his name would be synonymous worldwide with some of the finest jewellery ever created.  

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