Art Deco Nephrite, Chalcedony, Sterling Silver and Gold Clock by Cartier, Paris, circa 1920, Manufactured by Maurice Couet
A clock composed of a sterling silver case set with an embellished gold frame around an enamel face with Roman numerals, the gold hands featuring a star motif, with a sloped nephrite element surmounted by a chalcedony ring on the top, on a nephrite base; grande sonnerie and minute repeater (chimes on the hour and the quarters, chimes the time on demand by pressing the button under the chalcedony ring; in original fitted Cartier box
- Signed Cartier on the dial, and European Watch & Clock Co. Inc., France, Made in France, on the interior
- 4 1/2 x 3 3/4 x 9 inches
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