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Gold box or cigarette case; an upright cube, the top and bottom inlaid with mother-of-pearl, the sides inset with silver panels enamelled in pale blue on an engine-turned ground; the top forms the lid and is mounted with a flower basket of rubies, sapphires and emeralds set in platinum, the four corners highlighted with a diamond in a triangular setting. The visible areas of gold engine-turned with parallel lines. The box constructed of a double layer of metal, the inside lined in plain gold and highly polished. London hallmarks.
Contained in the original rectangular red leather Cartier case with cut corners and stamped floral swags in gold. The interior with off-white silk lining to the lid and cream velvet base. Printed in gold inside the lid with the Cartier stamp as on 1969,0705.42. Blind-stamp on base W&O
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Height: 5.20 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Height: 3.50 centimetres (top)
Height: 9 centimetres
Length: 12 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 7.30 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 3.50 centimetres (top)
- 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.
This box ingeniously uses silver instead of gold behind the pale blue enamel to enhance the colour. The gem-set flower basket motif is taken from an earlier cliquet pin (a brooch with long pin fastened with a tube that slots onto the end). The polishing inside this box that opens at one end only is remarkable.
- On display (G47/dc14)
- small loss of blue enamel on one side and very small loss on another
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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