Lot 323
  • 323

Diamond ring, Monture Cartier, 1949

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 CHF
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Description

Of Kokoshnik, tiare russe inspiration, set with three rows of brilliant- and circular-cut diamonds, mounted in yellow gold and platinum, size 45, signed Monture Cartier and numbered, French assay marks, case.

Literature

Cf: Thérésa Vatchnadzé, De Bakou à Paris, Paris 1987.

Cf: Hans Nadelhofer, Cartier Jewelers Extraordinary, 1984, page 70-72 for illustrations and further information on Kokoshnik tiaras produced by Cartier at the begining of the 20th century.

Condition

Stamped with French assay marks for platinum and gold, numbered 1805. Diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 2.00 carats in total, generally G-I colour, VS-SI clarity (a few I). One diamond with large indented natural. Tarnish and scratches to the metal, commensurate with age and wear. In good condition.
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Catalogue Note

Born in 1894 in Bakou, Russia to a wealthy family, Princess Thérésa Vatchnadzé enjoyed the privileged life of pre-revolutionary Russia. This came to an end with the revolution of 1917.
She studied briefly at the University of Moscow and then married David Adamoff, a brilliant jurist. Immediately after the birth of their son, Ivan, in 1918, Adamoff was apprehended by the Communists, never to be seen again. Frightened by the consequences of the revolution, she fled to Paris with Ivan and a dear friend, Prince Alexander Vatchnadzé, a member of the Tsars Army, whom she eventually married. Thérésa became a fashion designer, and her style, similar to that of Coco Chanel, was a great success. Notables such as King Faisal I of Iraq were among her clients. Her career ended with World War II, and she and Prince Vatchnadzé lived quietly in exile in Paris.