A Nephrite and Gem-set Photo Frame, Cartier, Circa 1915

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    • Nephrite jade frame

    • Floral decorations at four cardinal points, set with turquoise and nephrite jade, highlighted with black enamel

    • Karat gold

    • Signed Cartier

    • Photo frame measuring approximately 109 x 75mm

    With a Cartier fitted box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Louis and Pierre Cartier were among the greatest admirers of Faberge’s works back at their time. When the Russian jeweller exhibited a selection of exquisite bejewelled decorative objects in the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, the Cartier brothers were inspired to create objet d’art in keeping with the taste of the 18th century. The current lot is a fine example of the re-invention of Oriental materials with aesthetic appeal characteristic of European artistry and taste. The combination of blue and green was known to be one of Louis Cartier’s favourite.

  • Catalogue Essay

    卡地亞兄弟,尤其是路易斯和皮埃爾,非常欣賞當時俄羅斯皇室御用工匠Faberge的作品。1900年,Faberge在巴黎世界博覽會上展出一系列精美珠寶裝飾品,深深啟發了卡地亞兄弟。他們從那時起,開始在卡地亞的作品中加入了遵循18世紀審美觀和品味所創作的藝術品,包括以這個相框為例的某些裝飾性擺設。這件難得的卡地亞相框以歐洲工藝和設計品味重新演繹東方的軟玉材質;上面的藍綠色據說是路易斯‧卡地亞最愛的顏色配搭,加上極佳的品相,絶對是藏家級的藝術品。

  • Maker Bio

    Cartier

    French

    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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A Nephrite and Gem-set Photo Frame, Cartier, Circa 1915

軟玉配寶石相架, 卡地亞, 年份約1915

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 600,000 
$65,000-77,000

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Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019