Lacquer and Diamond Cigarette Case, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1920s

The rectangular case decorated with black and red lacquer, with a central panel depicting an Oriental view in two-tone gold work, the arched thumb piece highlighted with rose-cut diamonds when depressed opens to reveal a single compartment, measurements approximately 80mm x 60mm x 16mm, signed Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered. Estimate 3,000—4,000 GBP

Sotheby's. Fine Jewels. 19 Mar 09. London www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's