Fluorite, ivory and agate love bird carving, Cartier, circa 1910
Designed as two carved fluorite love birds with circular-cut demantoid garnet eyes, to an ivory perch and carved agate base, height approximately 157mm, unsigned, partially numbered to base, probably by Varangoz for Cartier, fitted case stamped Cartier.
Cf; Judy Rudoe, Cartier 1900-1939, British Museum Press 1997, page 113, for examples of similar love bird ornaments by Varangoz.
Cf; Reflections of Elegance, Cartier Jewels from the Lindemann Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, 1988, p.82, plate XXIII, for a similar example of a hard stone love bird ornament.
Cf; L'Art de Cartier, Paris, Musée du Petit Palais, 1989, p. 59, for a discussion of Cartier's Russian style, plate XXI ,for another similar example of a hard stone love bird ornament.