A diamond, sapphire, emerald and onyx "Panthère" bracelet, by Cartier

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Lot 245
A diamond, sapphire, emerald and onyx "Panthère" bracelet,
by Cartier

Sold for £ 182,500 (US$ 249,009) inc. premium
A diamond, sapphire, emerald and onyx "Panthère" bracelet, by Cartier
The hinged bangle designed as two opposing panther heads, pavé-set throughout with brilliant-cut diamonds and buff-top sapphire spots, with emerald eyes and onyx nose, diamonds approximately 17.10cts carats total, sapphires approximately 12.00 carats total, signed Cartier, numbered 983230, maker's mark, French assay marks, fitted maker's case and pouch, inner diameter 6.0cm

Footnotes

  • The "Panthère" is one of Cartier's most famous and enduring design motifs. With its origins reaching back to the drawings of the House's chief designer Charles Jacqueau from 1914, the great cat was used with increased frequency by Cartier's artistic director Jeanne Toussant from 1933. Affectionately nicknamed 'Panther' herself by Louis Cartier, Toussant originally included the motif on vanity cases and deco boxes, before designing the renowned three-dimensional Panther jewels created for some of Cartier's most prominent clients.

    The Panther has been used by Cartier in their designs ever since and was celebrated by the Maison in 2014 with a centenary collection of 56 "Panthère" jewels.

    For similar examples of diamond, sapphire and emerald "Panthère" jewels by Cartier and their original designs, see Dalon, Laure and Salomé, Laurent, "Cartier. Le Style et L'Histoire", RMN, Paris 2013, pages 382 & 383.
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