• Jewels: The New York Sale & Th auction at Christies

    Sale 2211

    Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    **A CORAL, DIAMOND AND MULTI-GEM BEEFEATER BROOCH, BY CARTIER

    Price Realised  

    **A CORAL, DIAMOND AND MULTI-GEM BEEFEATER BROOCH, BY CARTIER
    Designed as a carved coral Beefeater, wearing a black onyx high hat decorated with collet-set diamonds, to the white chalcedony ruff collar enhanced by 18k gold detail, armed with a gold halberd, mounted in 18k gold and platinum, with French assay marks and maker's mark
    Signed Cartier, Paris, no. 011727


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    The Yeomen Warders of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, popularly known as the Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. Their original responsibilities were to keep watch on the prisoners held in the Tower and to safeguard the British Crown Jewels, but today they act as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right. The term Beefeater is of uncertain origin, but a likely explanation is that the Warders, who began guarding the Tower in 1485, were once paid in rations that included beef. For official state occasions, or when the Sovereign visits the Tower, the Warders wear special red and gold uniforms similar to those of the Yeoman of the Guard.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.