Highly important Art Deco pendant of Mughal inspiration the pentagonal onyx plaque set with three stylised topiary motifs, 2 with a large pink tinted pear-shape diamonds and 1 woth a large blue tinted pear-shape diamond amongst sapphire cabochons to a border of calibré-cut emeralds punctuated with rubies suspended from an emerald-set arrow within two concentric circles set with bands of diamonds and onyx, with a diamond-set pendant attachment all hung from a black silk cord Cartier, Paris 1921
Cartier Paris, from a design by Charles Jacqueau
2 pear-shaped of pink tint diamonds 2.63cts approx
1 pear-shaped of blue tint diamond 1.49cts approx
85 circular-cut diamonds 0.81cts approx
75 emeralds 3.46cts approx
25 sapphires 2.19cts approx
21 rubies 1.72cts approx
(weights from the Cartier Archive)
18ct yellow gold and platinum signed Cartier and numbered 1854
7.30cm x 3.60cm
2.90' x 1.40'
Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Cartier stating that the piece is Cartier, Paris 1921
A design for this piece by Charles Jacqueau appears in Nadelhoffer's 'Cartier: Jewellers Extraordinary' p. 132 mounted alongside other contemporary designs as held in the Cartier Archives. The same designs can also be found in Judy Rudoe's 'Cartier: 1900-1939 p. 301
This important pendant clearly embodies the essence of the Art Deco, displaying geometric lines, strong use of colour, a variety of materials and design elements inspired by the Orient. Cartier was an excellent exponent of the Art Deco, producing some of the most significant and beautiful pieces of the period.
The design of this pendant is reminicent of Islamic sword hilts and other ornaments from the Moghul period were the hardstone body is carved and inlaid with precious stones in gold Kundan settings