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  • Catalogue Essay

    The present necklace was made for Cartier by the workshop of Henri Droguet, one of the principal Parisian workshops for gem-set and platinum jewellery used by Cartier in the manufacture of its jewels. According to Judy Rudoe in her book Cartier 1900-1939 (Abrams), Droguet worked for Cartier from 1900 well into the 1920's.

  • Artist Biography

    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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THIS LOT IS TO BE SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

587

Lot offered with No Reserve

A Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace, Cartier Paris, Circa 1915

Clasp signed Cartier Paris
Length approximately 500mm

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 70,000 
$6,500-9,000

Sold for HK$93,750

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018