This devant-de-corsage brooch marks the height of glittering Belle Époque fashion. It would have been sewn directly onto the dress or attached by pin, following the outline of the bodice to create stunning décolletage.
Beautiful pieces by Cartier are frequently seen at our jewellery sales, however, at the end of the Art Deco Period, brooches like this magnificent piece went out of fashion, and most of them have since been broken up for the diamonds or stones to be reused.
This is a dream piece for the true connoisseur; a rare survivor from a bygone era which combines the best quality diamonds with the highest levels of craftsmanship — and a famous signature. In our May auction I witnessed a fierce bidding battle as collectors vied to take home this brooch. This museum quality jewel eventually sold for a sky-high $17,581,612 to a bidder in the room, followed by thunderous applause.