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  • Artist Biography



    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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An Art Deco Gold, Enamel and Diamond Vanity Case 1925

Designed as an octagonal compact with a blue and white enamel foliate border, centering upon an Indian multi-colored enamel plaque depicting an exotic bird and floral motif, within a rose-cut diamond border, with a cabochon sapphire thumb piece, opening to reveal a mirror and a covered powder compartment, suspended by a gold and blue enamel chain from a blue and white enamel lipstick case, mounted in 18K yellow gold, length 4 inches.
Signed 'Cartier, Paris, Londres, New York, Made in France', with French assay mark, with a brown Cartier case

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $11,875


6 December 2011
New York