Cartier 'mystery clocks' are rare finds


May 05, 1991|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: Can you give me information about "mystery clocks" mad by Cartier and tell me when they were made? Also, where can I see the clocks? Are there any for sale and, if so, how much are they?

A: Cartier "mystery clocks" (the hands, in the center of a translucent dial, look as if they are floating) and other spectacular Cartier pieces make up the "Reflections of Cartier: The Art Deco Years" exhibit of 60 rare objects designed by Louis Cartier between 1915 and 1940, on display from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays through May 8 at Cartier, 630 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611; phone (312) 266-7440.

"The Art of Cartier," available from the store for $40 plus $5 postage, contains a chapter on "mystery clocks," which date from 1921 to 1931. Cartier "mystery clocks" are not easy to come by, but one extraordinary example dating from 1921 with a rock crystal face and diamond-studded hands, surrounded by an octagonal rose-cut diamond border and turquoise enamel frame, available for $340,000 from Cartier, 370 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210

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