An impressive art deco diamond necklace, by Cartier,
Lot 172
An impressive art deco diamond necklace, by Cartier,
Sold for £264,000 (US$ 428,769) inc. premium

Lot Details
An impressive art deco diamond necklace, by Cartier, circa 1936
The highly articulated collar composed of pierced geometric plaques, graduating in size from the centre and pavé-set throughout with old brilliant, brilliant, single, square and baguette-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 37.65 carats total, signed Cartier Paris, maker's mark, French assay marks, length 37.5cm.

Footnotes

  • The 1930s was a decade of tremendous creativity and technical innovation for Cartier. The return in dress to a more waisted silhouette made the long sautoirs of the 1920s look outmoded so Cartier created short collar necklaces to complement the latest fashions. The deceptively simple design of this necklace, which also follows the 1930s move towards a pure "white" look, is belied by the combination of differently cut stones, in a number of different settings, in fluid "vertical scroll" motifs. Many necklaces of this period also integrated detachable clip brooches and some could also be worn as "halo" head ornaments, another of Cartier's innovations.

    See Rudoe, Judy, 'Cartier 1900-1939', British Museum Press, 1997, page 258-9 for a similar necklace
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