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Gold box or cigarette case; rectangular, three colours of gold (yellow, red and white), soldered together to form a sheet from which the box was made and then engine-turned with ridges; a 'hobnail' pattern is cut into the yellow-gold ridges. The coloured gold stripes are clearly visible on the inside; the yellow gold stripes are broader than the red and white gold. The ends set with panels of green jade, the push-piece set with lapis lazuli flanked by two round-cut diamonds and four baguette-cut diamonds set in white gold. London hallmark 1969.
Contained in the originalrectangular deep red textured leather Cartier case with cut corners, and stamped and gilded tooling. The interior with cream silk lining to the lid and 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
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Height: 4 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 14.60 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Length: 10 centimetres
Width: 11.10 centimetres (jewellery-case)
Width: 6 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 white gold contains platinum to make it white, the red gold is coloured with copper. For an earlier Cartier cigarette case of 1938, using a similar sheet of coloured gold strips soldered together and engine-turned to create a rib pattern see J. Rudoe, 'Cartier 1900-1939', exhibition catalogue, British Museum, London, 1997, no. 68. The hobnail pattern is a consummate piece of engine-turning. The vertical cuts are done first. Then box is then turned and little cuts made on the wider ribs, coming off and in again, so if the ribs are not absolutely flat, it is impossible (information from Arthur Withers, who worked at the workshop that made the boxes, Wright & Davies, during the period they were being made).
Wilding supplied the blue jade ends.
- On display (G47/dc14)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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