THE GOLD AND DIAMOND NÉCESSAIRE DU SOIR, CARTIER, PARIS, 1947
- Gold and diamond
Cf: Sotheby's, The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, Geneva, Thursday 2nd April 1987, Lot 82.
Cf: Sotheby's, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, The Private Collections, New York, Wednesday 17th September 1997, Lot 2403, for the Givenchy gown sold in Session thirteen, The Duchess of Windsor's Wardrobe and Linen. The sale ran for nine consecutive days from Thursday 11th September until Friday 19th September 1997.
This evening case may have been a 10th wedding anniversary gift from the Duke of Windsor to his Duchess given the dated inscription.
The couple made a trip to the United States in the Spring of 1970. There are photographs of the Duchess holding this evening bag at a reception she and the Duke attended on the invitation of President Richard and Mrs Nixon. The event took place at The White House, Washington DC on 4th April 1970. President Nixon held the dinner in honour of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Nixons had previously dined with the Windsors in Paris in 1963. The White House dinner was a semi-private occasion with dancing afterwards, the emphasis being on youth, the President keen to make the party fun. Amongst the guests were Mamie Eisenhower, Vice President and Mrs Spiro T. Agnew, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Governor and Mrs Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, Frank Borman (the astronaut), Mr and Mrs Kirk Douglas and Congressman and Mrs George Bush. Bobby Short and the Young Saints entertained the guests after dinner.
This was a rare formal invitation for the Windsors in the United States, and an indication of the courtesy extended them in official circles in their later years.
The Duchess wore a cream silk crêpe evening gown by Givenchy which had a very elegant high waistline with a striking pink belt applied with a fringe of pink, blue, gold and silver beads, this was from Givenchy's Spring/Summer collection 1970. This was sold in The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, The Private Collections, on Wednesday 17th September 1997 at Sotheby's New York, as Lot 2403