BEATRICE FORBES, COUNTESS OF GRANARD
Lot 194 was formerly in the collection of Beatrice Countess of Granard OBE (1883-1972), who was born Beatrice Mills, daughter of the great American financier and banker Ogden Mills. A famous hostess and race horse owner and breeder, she married in 1909 the 8th Earl of Granard. She lived between Paris and Castle Forbes in Ireland.
Cartier London created an amazing tiara for Beatrice Countess of Granard in 1937 (illustrated XXX). The three brooches sold as lot 194, are illustrated as being the central part of the tiara (signed Cartier London) as well as two side panels (numbered 2 and 5). It was very common for jewellers to create tiaras or necklaces with detachable pieces, for them to be worn different ways on different occasions. Christie’s is honoured to offer these beautiful Art Deco brooches, rare witnesses of a bygone era.