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Gold box or cigarette case; engine-turned, with short white gold rods riveted onto yellow-gold ribs, the rivets clearly visible on the inside on both lid and base. The ends set with lapis lazuli and dyed agate incorporating a central row of rose-cut diamonds set in platinum, the push-piece set with an oblong piece of lapis lazuli over which run two rose-cut diamond 'straps'. London hallmarks for 1964.
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).
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Height: 3.20 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 13.50 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 9.80 centimetres
Width: 9.50 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 5.10 centimetres
Width: 5.20 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.
This box exploits an unusual combination of lapis and dyed blue agate. The creation of the overall pattern in yellow and white gold is masterly: the surface is engine-turned to form a depression after every three ribs, even round the sides of the box; within those depressions the white gold rods are riveted at intervals in a staggered arrangement suggesting a basket-weave pattern. Aa an added contast, the yellow ribs have a matt surface while the white gold rods are polished. Wilding supplied the lapis and diamond plaques for the ends of the box.
- On display (G47/dc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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