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    Sale 2613

    Jewels: The Hong Kong Sale

    28 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2281

    A JADEITE, ONYX AND DIAMOND CARNET DE BAL, BY CARTIER

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A JADEITE, ONYX AND DIAMOND CARNET DE BAL, BY CARTIER

    The rectangular form in onyx, the cover centering upon a jadeite foliate carving depicting a bird and fruit within a rose-cut diamond surround, to the rose-cut diamond terminals in openwork filigree, the base in chalcedony with onyx finial, opening to reveal a mirror with a pencil and an ivory tablet, lipstick holder, powder and accessories comparments, mounted in 18k gold, circa 1915, approximately 9.3 cm long, with French assay marks for gold

    Signed and with maker's mark for Cartier, Paris


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    US$35,000-50,000

    Pre-Lot Text

    Carnets de bal which mainly consist of blank leaves of paper and pencil were intended for ladies to note down the names of prospective dancing partners during a ball or a party. Many are highly decorative and were very charmingly lithographed or engraved, with illustrations of dancing couples, above the blank spaces which were left for the insertion of names of dancing partners.