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Gold box or cigarette case; gold, of oval cylindrical shape, enamelled with white stripes, the ends with solid white enamel enclosed in a gold cage set with square-cut tourmalines round the edge and a central rosette of tourmalines with a cabochon amethyst in the middle. The push-piece set with square-cut tourmalines and an oblong sugar-loaf cut amethyst. London hallmark 1967. Contained in the original unlined and unmarked black leather oval case with tab and loop fastening.
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Length: 11 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 10.60 centimetres
Width: 6 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 5 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of seventeen gold boxes commissioned by Peter Wilding from Cartier London between 1962 and 1969; for further information, see 1969,0705.42.
The pattern of white stripes was popular on Cartier cigarette boxes and vanity cases of the 1920s. It was known as 'émail pékin'. See for example, a cylindrical cigarette cum vanity case of c. 1924, traditionally said to have been given by the second Duke of Westminster to Coco Chanel (J. Rudoe, 'Cartier 1900-1939', London, British Museum Press 1997, cat. no. 65). On the 1920s box the white enamel stripes cover the ends as well, spreading out from the centre to the edges, recalled on Wilding's box by the cage of gold rods.
The slim black leather slip-case for this box indicates that it was one of two boxes that Wilding actually used; the other is 1969,0705.46.
- On display (G47/dc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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