Object: ‘Le Ciel’ Cartier Clock

Image courtesy of Sotheby's.

Image courtesy of Sotheby's.

Between 1922 and 1931, Cartier created a series of ‘Mystery Clocks’ that mesmerized observers with their seemingly mechanism-free floating hands and incredible attention to detail and design.

There are only 13 of these clocks still known to exist and one of them, ‘Le Ciel’, is coming up for sale at the Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong on April 4.

Likely inspired by the June 1927 appearance of the Pons-Winnecke comet, ‘Le Ciel’ was made in 1928 and is rich in celestial symbolism. Stars, planets and comets against a night sky are set above antique jade carvings of carp that rest on a rock crystal fountain. Watch a video of this wonderful example of Art Deco creativity below:

Estimate: $1.4-1.8 million USD

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