Lot 227. An Art Deco multi-gem and diamond 'Tutti Frutti' brooch, Cartier. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 400,000. Price realised USD 531,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Carved emeralds, emerald, ruby and sapphire beads, onyx plaques, old-cut diamonds, platinum and gold, 3 3/8 ins., circa 1930, signed Cartier, red Cartier case.
Exhibited: The Miho Museum, Koka 2016, p. 189, no. 150
Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p. 328, no. 242
The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p. 323, no. 222
The Palace Museum, Beijing 2018, p. 335, no. 226
de Young Legion of Honor, San Francisco 2018, p. 143, no. 75.
Note: Few designs have captured the imagination and enthusiasm of connoisseurs and collectors as Cartier's 'Tutti Frutti'. Jewels of this motif are directly inspired by the intricate Mughal carvings and craftsmanship found throughout the decorative arts of India from the 16th century onwards. The incorporation of Indian influence and their adaptation of Indian jewelry was one of Cartier's greatest contributions to the Art Deco period.