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    Sale 1361

    Fine Jewels and Gemstones from a Private Collection

    20 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 1027

    AN EXQUISITE ART DECO SAPPHIRE, EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER

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    AN EXQUISITE ART DECO SAPPHIRE, EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, BY CARTIER
    Suspending a briolette sapphire drop, from a neckchain set with a series of carved barrel-shaped emerald beads, alternating with sapphire beads and baguette-cut diamond rondelles, supporting a fringe of triangular-shaped sapphire briolettes, mounted in platinum, made in 1930, 61.0 cm inner length
    Signed Cartier, no. 850
    Accompanied by a Cartier certificate of authenticity stating that the necklace is a genuine Cartier item


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    The present necklace bears a strong resemblance to the original watercolour sketch of an exquisite emerald and sapphire necklace designed by Cartier Paris in 1928. Suspending thirteen elliptical faceted sapphires from an emerald and sapphire bead neckchain, this necklace was purchased the same year by the legendary Daisy Fellowes. In 1936, all of the stones of this necklace were reused in her famous Cartier 'collier hindou'. Heiress to the Singer sewing machine fortune, Daisy Fellowes was christened the 'best dressed woman' in the world by Parisian couturiers of the times.


    For the Cartier watercolour design of a similar piece made in 1928 please see Judy Rudoe, 'Cartier 1900-1930', London (1997), page 187.