Lot 413
  • 413

Sapphire, emerald, black opal and diamond jabot pin, circa 1915

Estimate
15,000 - 20,000 CHF
Sold
25,000 CHF
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Description

  • sapphire, emerald, black opal and diamond
Of papyrus and lotus flower design, set with black opals, rose and circular-cut diamonds, calibré-cut sapphires and emeralds, mounted in platinum, French assay and maker's marks.

Literature

Cf: Judy Rudoe, 'Cartier 1900 - 1939' London, 1997, page 304 for similar designs by Cartier.

Catalogue Note

The knotted lotus bunch and papyrus became a popular jewellery motif well before the First World War and was pioneered by Cartier.  As early as 1910 drawings and designs by Cartier were copied directly from Owen Jones's Grammar of Ornament, published in London in 1856; it presented a survey of decorative styles from Ancient Egypt to nineteenth Century Europe and remained a classic source book for decades.

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