Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Paris (3) - The Duchess of Windsor's Cartier and The Big Cats

Of course Cartier are world famous for the jewels they created and which were worn by The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.  I had previously seen the Flamingo Brooch when it was last up for sale at Sothebys in London a couple of years ago.  I was lucky too to find a copy of the original sale catalogue for the auction of the Duchess' jewels after she died thanks to eBbay or Amazon!  Anyway as the Flamingo appeared at the Paris show it is possible that it has been bought back by Cartier.  Whoever owns the piece it is a fabulous creation!

The Duchess of Windsor's Flamingo Brooch
A stunning amethyst and turquoise necklace 
owned by the DoW

The window of jewels owned by the DoW.

The very last window in the show was the 
famous leopard brooch belonging to 
the DoW it was amazing!

I am showing lots of photos from different 
angles because what looks small from the 
front is really quite huge from the side!  
The cabochon sapphire was bigger than 
a quails egg!  I last saw this brooch in 
Cartier's shop window in New York several 
years ago.

The cat has yellow eyes.

Here you can see well the size of the 
blue sapphire.
A better view of the window for the DoW 
complete with design drawings for the 
jewels on display.

Moving on another famous lady was
Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth's heiress.  
Here you can see her comb, a ring, handbag 
(with cat clasps) and cat earrings and brooch.
A close up of the cat brooch owned by 
Barbara Hutton.

The actress Maria Felix had some stunning 
pieces in the form of reptiles!
Maria Felix's amazing diamond snake 

Other pieces on show and not attributed 
to any person was a typical big cat bangle

A big cat bracelet.

A beautiful big cat pin.

And amongst the chinoiserie I loved this 
enameled panther box.  The detail in 
the work was incredible right across 
the whole exhibition.

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