The firm of Henri Picq was among the principal Parisian workshops for exquisitely made jewelry in the early part of the 1900s. It is known that Picq created pieces almost exclusively for Cartier at the turn of the century and remained one of their top suppliers throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Many of Cartier’s greatest examples of Art Deco jewelry were manufactured in Picq’s workshop, including important ‘tutti frutti’ jewels that featured carved rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
Lot 40 is a fine example of Henri Picq’s workmanship. The present owner received the bracelet from her grandmother, who had received it from her mother, Yvonne Patenôtre, wife of Boniface de Castellane. Her husband, de Castellane, was the son of a French nobleman, Boni de Castellane, and Anna Gould, American socialite and daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould.
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