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An 18kt gold malachite and diamond set presentation clock, ...

An 18kt gold Malachite and diamond set presentation clock, comprising a black Onyx base inset with malachite at the corners and overlaid with 18kt gold, diamonds and malachite, atop the base is a triple-hinged panel framed in 18kt gold with 18kt gold palm trees and crossed swords, the Quartz clock movement is centred in the middle of the centre palm tree, all palm trees are encrusted with pavé set diamonds and the sword handles appear to be smoky quartz, the setting stem for the clock is set with a cabochon ruby, in total there are 386 fine diamonds, the back is marked with the maker's name as well as stamped "18kt" and "750", gold plaque on the back of base says "Designer A. Derbernardi", complete with presentation box, in very good to excellent condition. 7.5in (19cm) long, 5.75in (14.5cm) high, 2.5in (6.5cm) wide


Purchased from a London estate jeweller who provided the story that the clock was commissioned by a member of Middle Eastern royalty, it was made by P. Stradella and Co., an Italian jeweller, and was designed by A. Debenardi. Made in the early 1960s, the reported cost was of in excess of $150,000,

Guide Price: £20000 to £30000 (James D Julia Inc)
Date of valuation: 2003

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