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CARTIER (FRANCE)

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the /buy/panthere-cartier/ target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle reportedly inspired by medieval chastity belts.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally beloved jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, rings, necklaces and other accessories.

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Cartier Modern Sterling Silver Frame for Portrait or Landscape Picture
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver picture frame. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Rectangular window in plain and flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and wood laminate back for ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Double Diptych Picture Frame
By Cartier, Lebkuecher & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver double picture frame. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Hinged diptych. Each window rectangular in flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and wood ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Joe DiMaggio Silver Presentation Tray by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in New Orleans, LA
Made for one of the most celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, this incredible Cartier presentation tray was gifted to the baseball star Joe DiMaggio by the New York Yankees...
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20th Century French Other Cartier

Materials

Silver

Vintage Cartier Polished Pewter Silver Tray with Original Red Box
By Cartier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A vintage Cartier silver serving tray in highly polished and reflective pewter, made in France, circa 1977. The round tray has a sleek Minimalist design with a wire-wrapped rim and i...
Category

20th Century French Modern Cartier

Materials

Metal, Pewter

Cartier Prism Mystery Clock
By Cartier
Located in New Orleans, LA
This mystery clock by Cartier, known as a “prism” clock, is a work of exceptional engineering and stylish artistry. Crafted in a sleek Art Deco style with lapis lazuli accents, this ...
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20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Quartz

Pair of Fabulous Signed Cartier French Silver Gilt and Jade Candelabra
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of gilt 950 silver 2-light candelabra with carved jade shaft. Made by Cartier in France, circa 1930. Each: Carp shaft in carved jade mounted to stepped and beaded oval base. Set...
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Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Jade, Silver

1950s American Sterling Silver Waiters by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive pair of vintage American sterling silver waiters made by Cartier; an addition to our silver tray, salver and platter collection These exception...
Category

1950s American Vintage Cartier

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

Desk Clock by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in New Orleans, LA
This elegant desk clock by Cartier features a soft blue guilloché enamel and gold frame. With Roman numerals marking the hours, the dial's radiant guilloché pattern is well-complem...
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20th Century French Cartier

Materials

Enamel, Gold

Cartier Prism Mystery Clock
By Cartier
Located in New Orleans, LA
A work of exceptional engineering and stylish artistry, this mystery clock by Cartier is known as a “prism” clock. Crafted in a sleek Art Deco style with simulated lapis lazuli accen...
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Quartz, Silver Plate

Must De Cartier Paris Vintage Playing Poker or Bridge Cards in Red Original Box
By Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Cartier playing cards, one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards in Cartier red 2-doors case. Les Must De Cartier playing cards were only sold from 1972-1976. This silk-line...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Paper

Cartier Art Deco Travel Quartz 24-Karat Gold-Plated Desk Clock Vintage
By Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Cartier 24-karat gold-plated Art Deco travel quartz desk clock with alarm. Cartier 24-karat gold-plated and lapis lazuli quartz travel or desk accessory clock is no longer b...
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20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Gold

Cartier Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Double Diptych Picture Frame
By Cartier, Lebkuecher & Co.
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver double picture frame. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Hinged diptych. Each window rectangular in flat surround. With glass, silk lining, and wood ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Brown Leather Gold Hardware Travel Watch Storage Case
By Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Cartier Paris brown leather gold hardware roll travel watch storage case roll bag. Velvet lining great to store your love bracelet or Cartier or Hermès watches. Cartier travel watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Leather

1940s French Silver Mirror Compact by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage French, 1950 standard silver mirror compact made by Cartier; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional vint...
Category

1940s French Vintage Cartier

Materials

Silver

Chartier English Georgian Sterling Silver Vegetable Bowl Covered with Base
By Cartier
Located in Big Bend, WI
Chartier Outstanding English Georgian sterling silver handwrought covered vegetable bowl with pedestal base and applied handles made in London in 1702. This piece has measures: 8" t...
Category

20th Century Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Elegant Set of 6 Cartier Sterling and Porcelain Demitasse Cups and Saucers
By Cartier
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Fit for royalty, a set of vintage Cartier sterling silver and German porcelain demitasse cups and saucers in original luxe box. Measures: Saucers 3.75 diameter, 1/2" height Box is 2...
Category

1970s American Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Serving Plate
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver serving plate. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Well with wide and gently sloping shoulder. Spare with nice heft. Fully marked including maker’s (W...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Diamond Platinum and Bakelite Cheroot Holder by Cartier Antique Circa 1930
By Cartier
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique 1930s 0.20 carat diamond, platinum and Bakelite cheroot holder made by Cartier; an addition to our smoking related collection. This excep...
Category

1930s French Vintage Cartier

Materials

Platinum

Cartier Sterling Silver Child's Bowl and Plate
By Cartier
Located in New Milford, CT
Cartier sterling silver child's bowl and plate set. Set includes a bowl with 2 handles and a flat plate. Cute animals adorn the rim of the plate and around the outside of the bowl...
Category

20th Century Italian Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Martini Pitcher
By Lebkuecher & Co., Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern sterling silver martini pitcher. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Truncated cone body, straight drum-form neck, v-spout with built in strainer, and domed cover. Ha...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Art Deco Cigar Box, circa 1925 by Cartier, Paris
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Cartier, Paris A magnificent and generous sterling silver Art Deco cigar box of rectangular form, with a thick reeded border left and right, and a similarly designed thumbpiece. T...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Bordeaux Shoulder Strap Suede Leather Pocketbook/Purse
By Cartier
Located in Westport, CT
Cartier Le must de Cartier, Suede and leather burgundy shoulder pocketbook with gilt Buckle's "New Old stock", unused pocketbook. In original box with felt cover.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Cartier

Materials

Metal

Cartier Sterling Silver Table Lighter, 1930s
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
A large table lighter by Cartier, crafted out of sterling silver in a fluted pattern. This is one of the best examples of Cartier's history of supreme craftsmanship and luxury. Marke...
Category

1930s Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Panther Photo Album
By Cartier, Must De Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This is a circa 1980s original Cartier panther photo album. Cartier luxe photo album in burgundy leather a beautiful and exquisite album where you can place and store those valuable...
Category

Late 20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Leather

Cartier American Modern Sterling Silver Crumber
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
American modern sterling silver crumer, circa 1940. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Curved sides and flat ends. Cover flat and hinged; center domed with ball thumb rest. Stained-woo...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Modern Sterling Silver Serving Tray
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Modern sterling silver serving tray. Retailed by Cartier in New York, circa 1940. Circular with crimped (or lobed) rim. Fully marked and numbered 45/11. Weight: 15.5 troy ounces.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gilt Bronze and Enamel Cartier Clock
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Gilt bronze and enamel Cartier clock, case stamped in script "Cartier Paris" and numbered, Swiss movement, with alarm. Measures: Box 5" high x 4" wide x 2" deep.
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Bronze, Gold Plate

Cartier 1950s Brass Copper Enigma Box
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sophisticated 1950s copper and brass decorative box by Cartier. This is a puzzle box that uses Leonardo da Vinci's specular writing technique*. If you look at the box in the normal w...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Metal, Brass, Copper

Les Must de Cartier Playing Cards, 1980
By Cartier
Located in CH
Cartier playing cards, one deck plus joker, poker, bridge playing cards. Les Must de Cartier playing cards were only sold from 1972-1976. It’s a gift for the true collector. Bea...
Category

1980s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Leather

Cartier Gold Buckle Belt with 5 Small Golden Jaguar Buttons
By Cartier
Located in Brea, CA
A gold buckle black Cartier belt with 5 small golden jaguar buttons, every buttons with Cartier marker, the gold jaguar buckle with Cartier 1930 marker too, size small. The belt is m...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Cartier

Materials

Leather

Atlas by Cartier Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 190 Pieces Dinner
By Cartier
Located in Big Bend, WI
Monumental "Atlas" by Cartier 950 sterling silver flatware set, 190 pieces. This set includes: 11 dinner knives, 9 1/2" 12 dinner forks, 8" 12 luncheon knives, hollow handle all...
Category

20th Century Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique Cartier English Sterling Silver Footed Tray
By Cartier, William Comyns
Located in New York, NY
George V sterling silver footed tray. Made by William Comyns in London in 1912. Four scrolled sides with well and molded rim. Corners double scroll as are corner supports. A fancy pi...
Category

1910s English Edwardian Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Marie Louise by Cartier Sterling Silver Flatware Set Service 175 Pcs Dn P Mono
By Cartier
Located in Big Bend, WI
Monumental Marie Louise by Cartier sterling silver flatware set, 175 pieces. This set includes: 12 dinner size knives, 9 1/2" 12 dinner size forks, 7 3/4" 12 luncheon knives, 9"...
Category

20th Century Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

La Maison de L' Art Deco Porcelain Vase by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in San Diego, CA
La Maison de L' Art Deco porcelain vase by Cartier, circa 1986. The vase features a gilded rim, funnel shaped neck, and tapered cylindrical body. The exterior features a band of gilt...
Category

Late 20th Century French Cartier

Materials

Porcelain

Marie Louise by Cartier Sterling Silver Flatware Set 12 Service 112 pcs
By Cartier
Located in Big Bend, WI
Monumental Marie Louise by Cartier sterling silver flatware set, 112 pieces. This set includes: 12 knives, 9" 12 forks, 7 1/4" 12 salad forks, 6 3/8" 24 teaspoons, 5 7/8" 12 cream s...
Category

20th Century Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Dunhill for Cartier Art Deco Sterling Silver Lighter, with Enamel Flags
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
Alfred Dunhill for Cartier, Paris A sterling silver 'Unique Sports' lighter, the result of a collaboration between Dunhill and Cartier, Paris, the lift arm marked Dunhill, the bas...
Category

1930s French Art Deco Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Vintage Panthère de Cartier Refillable Container, France, 1970s
By Cartier
Located in Barcelona, ES
Elegant and decorative vintage Panthère de Cartier refillable body cream container.
Category

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Acrylic

1930s Sterling Silver and Enamel Box by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, fine and impressive antique Edward VIII English sterling silver box made by Cartier; an addition to our ornamental silverware collection. This exceptional antique ...
Category

1930s English Edwardian Vintage Cartier

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Coppia calici da brindisi Cartier
By Cartier
Located in Catania, IT
Coppia calici da brindisi Cartier, in argento 925 e trinity in oro, i calici sono perfetti senza ammaccature, necessitano solo di lucidatura, in quanto hanno la patina del tempo. I c...
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1980s French Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

18-Karat Gold Corum for Cartier Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
Swiss maker Corum's original 1960 Admiral's Cup watch fitted with a Brutalist chain-link bracelet in 18-karat yellow gold. Dial and bracelet are both marked "Cartier". Bracelet is al...
Category

1960s European Vintage Cartier

Materials

Gold

Vintage Cartier "Trinity" Table Mirror Silver Gold and Rose Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful table mirror by Cartier with white, rose and yellow gold details. 1970s made in France. This piece is in near excellent condition with minim...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Gold Plate

Vintage Cartier Classic Oval Table Mirror Gold-Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful table mirror by Cartier with gold details. 1970s made in France. This piece is in good vintage condition with light rust and sign of wear. P...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Gold Plate

Vintage Cartier Classic Tank Pivotal Axis Table Mirror Gold-Plated, 1970
By Cartier
Located in Vis, NL
For your consideration a beautiful tank inspired shaped table mirror by Cartier with back hinged axis. 1970s made in France. This piece is in good vintage condition with ligh...
Category

1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Gold Plate

Cartier Pasha Watch in Rose Gold
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier Pasha watch in 18-karat rose gold. 27 mm case. 39-diamond dial. Quartz movement. Box and paperwork included. Year: 2011. Approximate retail value: $33,200. Weight: 93.80 g...
Category

20th Century French Cartier

Materials

Gold

Cartier Danse De Fue Crystal Stemware
By Cartier
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is this wonderful crystal stemware and drinking glasses. Comprised of 17 champagne flutes 25 tall cordials 9 rocks/ juice glasses 8 tall rocks/ high ball /...
Category

1980s French Modern Vintage Cartier

Materials

Crystal

Vintage Cartier Sterling Silver Gravy Boat
By Cartier
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Cartier sterling silver gravy boat Absolutely beautiful sterling silver gravy boat by Cartier. Dimensions 7.5" long x 4" wide x 4" high. Very good condition. This...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Art Deco Travel Quartz 24-Karat Gold-Plated Desk Clock Vintage
By Cartier
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Cartier 24-karat gold-plated Art Deco travel quartz desk clock with alarm. Cartier 24-karat gold-plated and lapis lazuli quartz travel or desk accessory clock is no longer be...
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Lapis Lazuli, Gold

20th Century Cartier Silver Plated and Enamel Desk Clock, circa 1945
By Cartier
Located in London, London
Elegant mid-20th century Art Deco silver plated and enamel desk clock, Signed Cartier, Mechanical lever movement, gilt dial with textured central sector, luminous Arabic numerals, ou...
Category

20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Silver Plate, Enamel

Cartier Traditional Sterling Silver Georgian Piecrust Tray
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Traditional sterling silver serving tray. Retailed by Cartier in New York, circa 1950. Round with molded and curvilinear piecrust rim. Long live Georgian! Fully marked including reta...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Georgian Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier 18-Karat Yellow Gold Pasha Chronograph
By Cartier
Located in Norwood, NJ
Cartier Pasha 18 karat yellow gold and diamond ladies watch on red strap band - Quartz movement. Three sub dials and date window. 18-karat yellow gold with factory diamond bezel and ...
Category

Early 2000s Swiss Cartier

Materials

Gold

Cartier Solid 9-Karat Yellow Gold Compact / Vanity Box with Mirror, London, 1959
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
Cartier Vintage solid 9-karat yellow gold compact / vanity box with mirror. Made in London 1959 Serial number: L437 Maker: Cartier Also Hallmarked KW Dimensions: Size 8.3 x 6.4 x 1...
Category

1950s British Art Deco Vintage Cartier

Materials

Gold

Cartier Sterling Silver Serving Tray with Georgian Piecrust Rim
By Graff, Washbourne & Dunn, Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Traditional sterling silver serving tray, circa 1950. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Round with flat curvilinear Georgian piecrust rim. Fully marked including maker’s (Graff, Washb...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Georgian Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Large Cartier Sterling Silver Serving Tray with Georgian Piecrust Rim
By Graff, Washbourne & Dunn, Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Traditional sterling silver serving tray, circa 1950. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Round with flat curvilinear Georgian piecrust rim. Fully marked including maker’s (Graff, Washb...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Georgian Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Cartier Modern Classical Sterling Silver Centerpiece Bowl
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Modern classical sterling silver centerpiece bowl. Retailed by Cartier in New York, circa 1930. Tapering and flared bowl with scalloped rim mounted 4 C-scrolls in turn mounted to ste...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique 20th Century Cartier Art Deco 9-Karat Gold, Sapphires, Diamonds, Compact
By Cartier
Located in London, London
Antique 20th century Cartier Art Deco 9 carat gold extremely large compact, of rectangular form, inside bearing various open and closed compartments and a retracting lipstick, the to...
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20th Century English Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Tank Francaise Chronograph Quartz Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Cartier yellow gold tank Francaise chronograph quartz wristwatch - Serial No. 1830MG283053 Condition: This watch is in very good pre-owned condition with minor signs of wear. La...
Category

1990s Swiss Modern Cartier

Materials

Steel, Gold

Portait Box Signed Cartier à Paris, 20th Century
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Rectangular gold case or box signed Cartier in Paris. The case is finely guilloché with rhombic motifs and framed by a stylized foliated frieze. The case includes a bail. The push bu...
Category

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Tourmaline, Gold

Cartier Art Deco 18-Karat Gold, Enamel, Diamonds Compact, London, circa 1935
By Cartier
Located in London, London
Antique 20th century Cartier Art Deco 18-carat gold compact, of circular form, set with diamond monogram and banquet cut diamonds push-button, both sides are inlaid with floral desig...
Category

20th Century English Art Deco Cartier

Materials

Gold, Enamel