"With his lively, inquiring mind, Louis Cartier loved to collect antique and exotic objects. He drew on these to recreate the flavor and decorative style of their distant worlds on accessories such as vanity cases and cigarette cases. They showed some of the influences from other epochs and other continents that also distinguish his jewelry: ancient Egypt, China, India and the Arabic-Persian world. With extraordinary flair and technical expertise, Cartier workshops reinvented a more beautiful world."
A cylindrical vanity case crafted from 18 carat gold. Coral-red enamel to front and back, with two rectangular lacque burgauté panels depicting Chinoiserie garden and shoreline scenes, bordered with inlaid gold squares. Rose-cut diamond border to top and bottom featuring palmette motifs. Onyx and rose-cut diamond thumb-piece opens to reveal a compartment to the left, with a pireced, decorated hinged retainer and three compartments to the right. One compartment lid is mirrored. Onyx and rose-cut diamond decorated chain and onyx hoop. Signed 'Cartier Paris, Londres, New York'.
This exceptional case is in excellent condition and of particularly high standard. Circa 1920.
18 carat gold
145mm x 40mm x 30mm