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Dragon Desk Decor

Cartier has held a fascination with the Orient since the early 1920s, interpreting China’s messages in its Art Deco creations. The French luxury house’s newest desk set, the Exceptional Dragon Décor Collection, features the Chinese mythological dragon within an assortment of pens, desk clocks, jewelry boxes, and table lighters. The collection includes a solid-gold Red Dragon fountain pen ($240,000), with a cloud motif inspired by a Cartier-designed 1920s lipstick case and embedded with 522 diamonds totaling almost four carats. A limited series of eight numbered pens have been made, each positioned on a rock crystal stand in the shape of a cloud. The Dragon desk set designs range from $200,000 to $640,000 for a rock crystal and onyx mystery clock set atop a ruby-eyed golden dragon figurine. (www.cartier.com)

—Alexandra Foster

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