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PHOTOGRAPH CASE

Made by: Cartier

Currently in storage


About this object

The photograph case is rectangular in shape. Except for the cover, the case is plain gold outside. The cover is set with lapis lazuli except for the center, which is set with a central plaque of mother-of-pearl. This is decorated with a spray of flowers and leaves in darker mother-of-pearl, small cabochon rubies for the centers of the flowers, and gold for the stems. The thumb piece is set with tiny diamonds. Inside, there is an easel for a photograph of Wendy Dye as a baby.

Object name:
PHOTOGRAPH CASE
Made from:
Gold -- lapis lazuli -- mother of pearl -- rubies -- diamonds -- sapphires -- amethysts -- photographs -- glass
Made in:
Paris, France
Date made:
1920-1928
Size:
W. 2 7/16 × D. 1 5/8 in. (6.2 × 4.1 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.187
Signature marks:
MARK: Unidentified maker's mark in a losange; Q.F [?]; m [London, 1927-28]; 18/75 (for the quality of the gold (18 K)); London mark for imported works [Inside bottom of case] MARK: CARTIER-NEW YORK-PARIS-LONDRES MADE IN FRANCE [Inner rim of the cover] SCRATCHED NUMBERS: 30:71 [Inner rim of the cover] MARK: 18/75 (for the quality of the gold (18 K)) [Under thumb piece]
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973