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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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An Important Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Convertible Tiara

Circa 1925
Four old mine-cut diamonds, 3.99 carats, 3.51 carats, 3.27 carats, 2.74 carats
Old mine- and old European-cut diamonds
Signed Cartier London
Platinum, tiara length approximately 18.00 inches, bracelet lengths approximately 7.00 inches, brooch length approximately 3.00 inches

Can be converted and worn as a bandeau, bracelet, brooch or choker.

Accompanied by a mini screwdriver and brooch mount.

Literature: Cf. page 20, Tiaras: Past and Present by Geoffrey Munn, 2002.
Cf. page 187, Cartier: Innovation Through the 20th Century Flammarion, 2007.

Full Cataloguing

$300,000 - 500,000 


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New York Auction 7 December 2020