Collection of gold & gem-set lady's accessories, Cartier, 1920s. Photo Sotheby's
Comprising: a pill box of square form set with black onyx, the lid set with a carved jadeite plaque of Chinese inspiration, decorated with cabochon rubies and millegrain-set rose-cut diamonds, the sides highlighted with black enamel in a geometric pattern, measurements approximately 33 x 40 x 8mm, signed Cartier Made in France and numbered, French assay and maker's marks, pochette; an octagonal compact accented with royal blue and cream enamel, email Pekin mille raies, set to each side with a carved jadeite plaque of annular and naturalistic design, studded with cabochon sapphires, opening to reveal a powder compartment, mirror deficient, measurements approximately 53 x 53 x 9mm,signed Cartier Paris, Londres, New York and numbered, French assay and maker's marks; and a lipstick holder of matching design, highlighted with calibré-cut sapphires, the jadeite terminals studded with cabochon sapphires, unsigned,French assay and maker's marks. Estimate: 13,000 - 18,000 CHF - Lot Sold: 21,250 CHF
LITERATURE: Cf: Judy Rudoe, Cartier, 1900-1939, Italy, 1997, page 117 for an example of a similar powder compact and lipstick.
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