La collection Cartier - Historical and Exceptional pieces of la Maison Cartier

Paris 1900: the Russian Jeweler Pierre Karl Fabergé exhibited his famous Easter Eggs and other decorative objects in guilloché enamel. He started a fashion for Russian taste in France. The Cartiers were captivated. Pierre Cartier personally visited Russia several times. He ordered the finest enamelers to produce objects that had been designed in his workshops, without the figurative overloading of the Russian jeweler. Always ahead of his time, the jeweler offered new combinations of contrasting colors like blue and green, and new shades of opalescent enamel. In 1908, Cartier sold a pair of cufflinks and a belt buckle in guilloché enamel to the Dowager Empress, Marie Fedorovna. Two years later, Cartier became the official supplier to the Russian Imperial Court. Cartier enamel was already famous around the world.

Cigarette case


Yellow gold, silver, translucent royal blue enamel over guilloché ground decoration, white and green enamel, rose-cut diamonds.

On the left side, a compartment for matches with external striking surface.

1.3 x 9.8 x 5.9 cm

Desk clock on inkstand


Silver, silver-gilt, yellow gold, platinum, translucent gray, mauve and green enamel over guilloché ground, white enamel, sapphire cabochons, rose-cut diamonds.

The clock with platinum and rose-cut diamond monogram.

Rectangular 8-day movement, gold-plated, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.

18.5 x 7.0 x 8.3 cm



Yellow gold, platinum, silver-gilt, translucent royal blue enamel over guilloché ground decoration, rose-cut diamonds, button pearls.

7.45 x 2.54 cm

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