Wednesday, 6 November 2013

CARTIER 1920's Rock Crystal Vanity Case

Cartier, 1920's vanity case

This is a great collector piece, a vanity case made by Cartier in the 1920's. It is exceptional for its beauty but also for its rarity and original design. A black enamel box adorned with a reverse intaglio carved crystal, set with rose cut diamonds and suspended of a rock crystal ring with a black silk fringe adornment. It cannot get more Art Deco than this. The box opens to reveal a mirror and two powder compartments.

I became fascinated with vanity cases this past summer after I visited the Goldsmith's Hall exhibition in London. These boxes represent the ultimate luxury and adornment to me, bejewelled and exquisitely made., they are exquisite and the highest representation of refinement and sophistication, for who would think of having make up custom made nowadays?...let alone fit it is a precious stone golden box...
 The lot is part of Sotheby's magnificent jewels auction in Geneva on November 13th