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      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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Property from a Santa Fe, New Mexico Collection


A Diamond, Seed Pearl, Louis d’or Coin, Platinum and Gold Sautoir Pendant Watch

Circa 1910
Round seed pearls
Old European-, rose- and table-cut diamonds
Dial signed Cartier and sautoir signed with maker's mark for Georges L'Enfant
Platinum and 18K yellow gold, sautoir length approximately 24.50 inches, pendant watch length approximately 3.00 inches

Literature: Cf. page 254, Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary by Hans Nadelhoffer, 1984.

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $27,720

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New York Auction 7 December 2020