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1916

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1926

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Mystery Clock With Single Axle, ca. 1921

This is a Mystery Clock with Single Axle. It is dated ca. 1921. Its medium is gold, platinum, ebonite, citrine, diamonds, enamel.

One of Cartier’s most sophisticated high-end productions was the "Mystery" clock, a collaboration between clockmaker Maurice Coüet and Cartier in Paris. An ingenious mechanism creates the illusion of the hands appearing to float in this example of about 1921 owned by Anna Dodge, whose vast wealth came from her husband Horace Dodge’s family automobile business.

It is credited Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CM 29 C21.

  • Scarab Belt Buckle, 1926
  • square-shaped diamonds, baguette-, brilliant-, round old- and single-cut....
  • Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CL 341 A26.
  • 86.2016.3

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Mystery Clock, 1931
  • coral, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, platinum, gold.
  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.103

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.9 × 9.7 × 4.8 cm (5 1/16 × 3 13/16 × 1 7/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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