A coral, diamond and emerald tortoise brooch, by Cartier,
Lot 140
A coral, diamond and emerald tortoise brooch, by Cartier,
Sold for £24,000 (US$ 40,339) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A coral, diamond and emerald tortoise brooch, by Cartier, circa 1970
The legs, tail and neck set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the head with marquise-cut diamond eyes, trapezoid-cut nose and pear-shaped emerald crest, the coral shell carved with acorn motifs and a writhing emerald-set salamander with baguette-cut diamond tongue, diamonds approximately 2.80 carats total, signed Cartier Paris, maker's marks, French assay marks, length 7.0cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Anne Moen Bullitt (1924-2007). See lot 182 for further information.

    This may have been a special commission, the tortoise representing invulnability to attack, the acorn, strength and the salamander, protection and good luck.
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