He had established a remarkable library of reference marks which served as inspiration for the jewellery designs. He also sought out authentic fragments of ancient art which entered the stock as apprêts and were incorporated in jewellery and objects. It was the unusual combination of non-European ancient art and modern mounts that led Cartier to a unique interpretation of 1920s Art Deco pieces.
|Cartier, 1924, Scarab Brooch|
Persia – India
|Cartier, 1936 Tutti Frutti Necklace, altered in 1963|
The Far East
|Cartier, 1928, Chinese Vanity Case|
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