Birds have been a prominent theme in the Cartier menagerie of jewelled creatures. One of the most well-known Cartier birds is the colourful flamingo brooch made for the Duchess of Windsor in 1940.
Resplendent and poised, these birds of paradise were seen as a transcendent link between humans and the vaults of heaven, with the belief that the peacock tails represented the eyes of the stars. Native to India, the peacock has long been perceived as a profound symbol of power and royalty. From ancient Rome to the Mughal Empire, peacocks were used to decorate mosaics and frescoes, such as the 17th century Mughal seat of power reverently referred to as the ‘Peacock Throne’ for the famed Shah Jahan. Over the wartime years the jewelled flock became symbols of freedom, national pride and natural beauty.
Lot 1678 captivates with its shimmering plumes bejewelled with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds, a glorious representation of this majestic bird.
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