A seed pearl, sapphire and diamond sautoir, by Cartier,
Lot 185
A seed pearl, sapphire and diamond sautoir, by Cartier,
Sold for £127,250 (US$ 213,884) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A seed pearl, sapphire and diamond sautoir, by Cartier, 1910-1917
The pendant set each side with a central millegrain-set single-cut diamond eternal knot motif, terminating in two tassels composed of multiple rows of graduating seed pearls, connected via articulated rondelles of single-cut diamonds and calibré-cut sapphires, each with a seed pearl cap, the whole suspended from a woven seed pearl rope with pavé-set rose-cut diamond cupola terminals, mounted in platinum, pendant signed Cartier Paris, numbered twice, French assay mark, pendant length 10.2cm, chain length 74.0cm


  • It was customary for Cartier to make several items which were closely similar but not absolutely identical. For a nearly identical pendant, see Rudoe, Judy, Cartier 1900-1939, British Museum, London, 1997, catalogue number 13. Rudoe also notes that another version of the tassel pendant, completed in June 1909, was included in the Cartier retrospective exhibitions in New York (1976, cat 72) and Los Angeles (1982, pl 5) with an elaborate necklace comprising 3,692 oriental pearls.

    This particular sautoir was purchased by the vendor's father from Cartier in 1950 and has remained in the family ever since. In 1997, the vendor contacted Cartier for further information about it and Cartier were able to confirm that the piece was made by Cartier Paris but is of different dates. The tassel pendant was made in 1910 and was originally suspended from a diamond chain and the seed pearl necklace dates from 1917. The two numbers on the tassel do not date from the time of manufacture as both were added by Cartier when the piece was bought back by Cartier and re-offered for sale. It was transferred from Cartier in Paris to Cartier in London in 1917 and photographed in its current form in 1931 for Cartier's London records.
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