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Gold box or cigarette case; of flattened oval shape, with all over engine-turned basket-weave pattern, the ends set with panels of pink rhodonite, bordered with green tourmalines in beaded settings, the push-piece set with a cabochon garnet. London hallmarks for 1965.
Contained in the original rectangular red leather Cartier case with cut corners, and stamped and gilded tooling. The interior with cream silk lining to the lid and golden yellow velvet base. Printed in gold inside the lid with Cartier stamp as on 1969,0705.42. Blind stamp on base: W&O (see 1969,0705.45 for image of stamp).
- Production date
Height: 3.70 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 12.80 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 9 centimetres
Width: 9.20 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 2.60 centimetres
Width: 5.10 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.
Complex engine-turned patterns such as this were specially created for Peter Wilding. The pattern is carefully judged to continue over the join of lid and base without a break in the design. The engine-turning would have been done after the box was made. This box echoes closely those made by Fabergé, see for example, G. von Habsburg-Lothringen and A. von Solodkiff, 'Fabergé. Court Jeweller to the Tsars', London 1979, pl. 62, a similar cylindral gold case with engine-turning.
The mineral rhodonite, typically a fine rose-red colour, is a silicate of manganese. It occurs as crystal or as mass. The massive material, from which the panels in this box would have been cut, is most commonly found in the Urals in Russia, in large masses resembling pink marble, often veined with black (see R. Webster, 'Gems. Their Sources, Descriptions and Identification', London 1975, pp. 307-8).
- On display (G47/dc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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