Paris 1900: the Russian Jeweller Pierre Karl Fabergé exhibited his famous Easter Eggs and other decorative objects in guilloché enamel and started a fashion for Russian taste in France. The Cartiers were captivated. Pierre Cartier personally visited Russia several times. He ordered the finest enamellers to produce objects that had been designed in his workshops without the figurative overloading of the Russian jeweller. Always ahead of his time, the jeweller offered new combinations of contrasting colours like blue and green, and new shades of opalescent enamel. In 1908, Cartier sold a pair of cufflinks and a belt buckle in guilloché enamel to the Dowager Empress Marie Fedorovna. Two years later, Cartier became the official supplier to the Russian Imperial Court. Cartier enamel was already famous around the world.
CARTIER PARIS, 1907
Yellow gold, silver, translucent royal blue enamel over guilloché ground decoration, white and green enamel, rose-cut diamonds.
On the left side, a compartment for matches with external striking surface.
1.3 x 9.8 x 5.9 cm
DESK CLOCK ON INKSTAND
CARTIER PARIS, 1908
Silver, silver-gilt, yellow gold, platinum, translucent grey, mauve and green enamel over guilloché ground, white enamel, sapphire cabochons, rose-cut diamonds.
The clock with platinum and rose-cut diamond monogram.
Rectangular 8-day movement, gold-plated, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.
18.5 x 7.0 x 8.3 cm
CARTIER PARIS, 1912
Yellow gold, platinum, silver-gilt, translucent royal blue enamel over guilloché ground decoration, rose-cut diamonds, button pearls.
7.45 x 2.54 cm