A rare antique necklace signed by Cartier will be auctioned at Christie's NY on April 12th. It must be one of the first pieces made when the firm was created back in 1847. During the 1850's they started to make pieces first for Princess Mathilda, cousin of Emperor Napoleon III and later for Empress Eugenie.
The necklace displays a bow design and it is made of enamelled gold, a very usual technique and fashionable in that period. Although it is not a piece of great value, the importance lies in the period when it was made and the significance for Cartier.
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