- Museum number
Gold box or cigarette case; of rectangular form, the lid and sides enamelled in deep blue with a white border, an interlace motif in white in the centre of the lid and at each corner on the sides. The gold background engine-turned with fine parallel lines on front, back and sides. The four corners of the lid set with square-cut Brazilian topazes, a gold ropework border round the edge of the lid, running inside the topaz settings.The push-piece set with a large oval topaz. London hallmarks for 1967.
Contained in the original rectangular deep red textured leather Cartier case with cut corners, and stamped and gilded tooling. The interior with cream silk lining to the lid and raised cream velvet base. Printed in gold inside the lid:
LONDON 175 NEW BOND ST
PARIS 13 RUE DE LA PAIX
NEW YORK 712 5TH AVENUE
- Production date
Height: 3.50 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 12.40 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 8.50 centimetres
Width: 9.80 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 5.60 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 interlace motif on the lid, incorprating a cross with bifurcated ends and closed circles, is inspired by Celtic or Anglo-Saxon ornament of the 8th-10th centuries AD found especially in stone sculpture but also in manuscript illumination and metalwork.
- On display (G47/dc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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