Miniature Clock Ticks All the Boxes...
A miniature carriage clock, barely larger than a matchbox, is set to make a big price at Lawrences Auctioneers on October 22nd.
“The gold case, set upon an agate base, shows a white enamel dial with rose-cut diamond set hands,” enthuses Lawrences’s specialist Miranda Bingham. “Importantly, the dial is signed by the maker, Cartier, once described by King Edward VII as `the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers`. The quality is exceptional and the clock has been kept carefully in its original leather travelling case, with the original key. Moreover, the provenance is just what collectors seek: it was a gift to the vendor’s great grandparents as a 50th wedding anniversary gift in October 1926 and it has not left the family in the intervening 94 years. Superb quality, fine condition, scarcity and a clear history are a potent combination in this market, so we are anticipating keen interest in this little clock.”
The clock, just 6cm (2 ½”) high, is expected to make £8000-12000 at the Somerset auction house on October 22nd.
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