DIAMOND VANITY CASE, CARTIER, 1937
DIAMOND VANITY CASE, CARTIER, 1937
The rectangular case of reeded design, the thumbpiece set with brilliant-, circular-cut and baguette diamonds, opening to reveal a mirror, powder compartment, single compartment with pouch, lipstick and comb compartment, measuring approximately 96 x 67 x 20mm, maker's marks for Cartier, British hallmarks, lipstick holder and comb deficient, gross weight approximately 197 grams, case stamped Cartier.
To view the Shipping Calculator please click here.
Inside case stamped twice with J.C. British hallmarks for 9 carat gold, date letter for 1937 and stamped 9. 375. Diamonds bright and lively. Scratches to metal surfaces. Lid closes securely, thumbpiece slightly loose. Hinge in good working order. Mirror in good condition. Powder compartment lid closes securely, its thumbpiece with very light discolouration. Small pouch with deficient button, with wear. Lipstick holder and comb are missing. Overall in good condition. Gross weight approximately 197 grams. Please note Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee, and are not responsible for, any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the lot. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the relevant section the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Lots 21 to 24 are from the collection of British actress and voluntary worker Elizabeth Irving (1904-2003), formed from the 1920s onwards. Coming from a family of actors, set designers and directors, she performed in roles such as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in a silent film version of Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley. Throughout her career she would refer to herself as an actor, rather than an actress – a break with tradition for her time. In 1926 she married Felix Brunner, who succeeded his father as 3rd Baronet, and became Lady Brunner. She served as chairman of the National Federation of Women's Institutes from 1951 to 1956 and was awarded an OBE in 1964, for her devotion to ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, the charity founded by her in 1955.