Platinum, faience, coral, diamond and pearl 'Isis' stickpin. Photo courtesy Sotheby's
Featuring a faience bust of the Egyptian goddess Isis, her right hand covering her left breast, the left arm truncated at the wrist and covered with rose-cut diamonds; the bust resting on a platinum and rose-cut diamond base atop a trapezoidal coral plaque, bracketed at both ends with rectangular box-shaped coral and pearls, the pin stem numbered S.L 7201; circa 1923. Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000
PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE ESTATE OF IYA, LADY ABDY, THENCE BY DESCENT TO THE PRESENT OWNER
Note: This pin is strikingly similar to the one in a Cartier London illustration titled ‘‘The ‘Tutankhamen’ Influence in Modern Jewellery,” featured in the Illustrated London News, January 26, 1924. This illustration is reproduced and discussed in Cartier 1900-1939 by Judy Rudoe, pages 136-137. Similarly, the pin stem is numbered S.L, as are lots 407 and 410; these letters typically appear on pieces by Cartier which were sold in London.
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