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    Sale 1359

    Jewels: The Geneva Sale

    20 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 198

    **A LADY'S ART DECO TORTOISESHELL AND GOLD WRISTWATCH, BY CARTIER

    Price Realised  

    **A LADY'S ART DECO TORTOISESHELL AND GOLD WRISTWATCH, BY CARTIER
    The circular cream dial with Roman numerals and blued-steel hand, with revolving square turtoiseshell frame and gold fold-over-case,to the brown leather bracelet, mounted in 18k gold, mechanical movement signed European Watch & Clock Co., 15.0 cm long, in a Cartier red leather case
    Signed Cartier, nos. 2555 and 413243


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    As per the owner, this lady's wristwatch was previously owned by the iconic Jeanne Toussaint (1887-1978). Creative director of the Maison Cartier, Toussaint epitomised style and good taste. Called the 'Panther', she raised these felines into the high of fashion of the times; one could not forget the Duchess of Windsor's legendary diamond and sapphire-set panther crouched on a Kashmir sapphire cabochon of 152,35 carats. Mistress of the Mogul-inspired 'Tutti-Frutti' style, she is credited for having brought back yellow gold into fashion at a time when platinum was king. Her constant quest of innovation leaded to unequalled craftsmanship and suppleness of movement in her jewels. The English court photographer Cecil Beaton's who used to describe her as a woman of 'small bird-like stature' was struck by her sixth sense, the famous 'gout Toussaint'. Pincess Bibesco crying out of amazement, once said about Toussaint: 'You perfume diamonds!'

    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.