The Graceful ‘Cat’
The charismatic charm of the tiger and the human imagination of this enchanting creature have been featured prominently in ancient mythology, folklore, and in modern art and literature. A tiger’s prowess stirs up a thousand stories in children’s literature and film – The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, the muscular body with distinctive vertical black strips, depicted as such in a fine Chinese Painting by Zhang Shanzi, and notably in jewellery design, the graceful and majestic beauty of a tiger as interpreted in Cartier’s ‘Great Cat Jewels’.
Amongst the exquisite ‘Great Cat Jewels’ collection, inspired by Cartier’s director of haute joaillerie Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s portrayal of the tiger, the largest of the cat species, was highly sought after by stylish icons and jewellery collectors. Barbara Hutton, the granddaughter of the founder of Woolworth’s retail chain, an icon of style with one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all time, was fond of tigers and preferred Cartier’s rendering of the tiger over the more iconic panther motif. She had commissioned Cartier to create a three-dimensional clip brooch set in diamonds, carved onyx with yellow diamond strips, and a pair of earrings belonging to the prestigious Cartier Collection today, which also takes pride in the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace which sold for an impressive $27.44 million, a new world record for a jadeite jewel, sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale this past April 2014.
The craftsmanship of this Tiger clip brooch, a later version similar to the famous Barbara Hutton tiger brooch, is likewise near to perfection, the legs and tail of the tiger articulated to move with the body, the tail hanging majestically out, the body in a composed curl, with piercing emerald eyes - there is something that is magical about the tiger that even in the form of jewellery gives us protective presence.
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