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Cartier [卡地亞] | A Rare Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace [罕有天然珍珠配鑽石項鏈]

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Marylou Whitney [瑪麗露・惠特尼瑰藏]

Cartier [卡地亞] | A Rare Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace [罕有天然珍珠配鑽石項鏈]

Cartier [卡地亞] | A Rare Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace [罕有天然珍珠配鑽石項鏈]

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 500,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,653,500

USD

Property from the Collection of Marylou Whitney

[瑪麗露・惠特尼瑰藏]


Cartier

A Rare Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace

[卡地亞]

[罕有天然珍珠配鑽石項鏈]


Composed of 32 natural pearls measuring approximately 14.9 x 14.8 to 9.2 x 9.0 mm, the clasp accented with two round diamonds in floral mountings, length 16¾ inches, unsigned.

In good condition. The necklace would benefit from being restrung; the silk with signs of fraying. The natural pearls are of white body color, round to near round, with good skins and good to very good luster, and soft to strong rose overtones and some soft green overtones, some pearls with natural blemishes and pitting. The 32 pearls are estimated to weigh a total of approximately 3400 chau (based on approximate measurements). The two diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.75 carat are approximately F-G color, VS clarity. Clasp closes securely. Accompanied by GIA report no. 6207559665 dated September 24, 2019 stating that the pearls are natural, saltwater. Together with a letter from the GIA stating that a "necklace of this noteworthy size range is exceptionally rare." Accompanied by a copy of a receipt dated December 21, 1950 and an insurance valuation dated January 19, 1959, both from Cartier. Accompanied by a copy of an appraisal dated November 3, 1962 from Bulgari referring to the necklace as Empress Eugenie's pearls.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


When originally purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Whitney from Cartier in 1950, this exceptional necklace had 36 pearls. Two were removed by 1959, at which point it was reappraised by Cartier, and two more were removed by 1962, when it was appraised by Bulgari. In 1959, we see the first mention of the pearls coming from the collection of Empress Eugénie, the wife of Napoléon III. While any documentation establishing this history has been lost, Eugénie was renowned as a lover of pearls, and the myriad portraits of her always have her adorned in strands of them.

Accompanied by GIA report no. 6207559665 dated September 24, 2019 stating that the pearls are natural, saltwater. Together with a letter from the GIA stating that a "necklace of this noteworthy size range is exceptionally rare."


Accompanied by a copy of a receipt dated December 21, 1950 and an insurance valuation dated January 19, 1959, both from Cartier.