Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 12

Antique 20th Century Cartier Art Deco 9-Karat Gold, Sapphires, Diamonds, Compact



Antique 20th century Cartier Art Deco 9 carat gold extremely large compact, of rectangular form, inside bearing various open and closed compartments and a retracting lipstick, the top lid mounted with a sliding push-button, set with brilliant cut diamonds and square cut sapphires, all sides are engraved with reeded design, remnant of the period. The inside of the cover is set with a mirror and comes with its original, but rather worn Cartier gift case. Hallmarked English 9 karat gold (375 standard), London, year 1936 (A), J.C (Jacques Cartier, Mansfield st, London). The compact comes from the collection of Beatrice Sigrist, (Lady Ormerod of aristocratic White Russian descent, the mother of Princess Fredericka Ann Guirey) Condition In great condition, no damage to the case, comb has missing teeth. Size Height 2 cm Width 16 x 11cm Weight 665 g.


  • Creator
    Cartier (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.79 in. (2 cm)Width: 4.34 in. (11 cm)Depth: 6.3 in. (16 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1936
  • Condition
    Minor losses. In Great Condition - No Damage to the case, comb has missing teeth.
  • Seller Location
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: C76961stDibs: LU1348217100501

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More

About the Maker


For its extraordinary range of bracelets, watches, rings and other adornments, French luxury house Cartier is undeniably one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.

Perhaps 1847 was not the ideal time to open a new watchmaking and jewelry business, as the French Revolution was not kind to the aristocracy who could afford such luxuries. Nevertheless, it was the year Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) — who was born into poverty — founded his eponymous empire, assuming control of the workshop of watchmaker Adolphe Picard, under whom he had previously been employed as an assistant. Of course, in the beginning, it was a relatively modest affair, but by the late 1850s, Cartier had its first royal client, Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte, who commissioned the jeweler to design brooches, earrings and other accessories.

Under the leadership of Louis-François’s son, Alfred, who took over in 1874, business boomed. Royalty around the world wore Cartier pieces, including Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the Maharaja of Patiala and King Edward VII, who had 27 tiaras made by the jewelry house for his coronation in 1902 and issued Cartier a royal warrant in 1904. (Today, the British royal family still dons Cartier pieces; Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, regularly sports a Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch.)

Cartier’s golden years, however, began when Alfred introduced his three sons, Louis, Pierre and Jacques, to the business. The brothers expanded Cartier globally: Louis reigned in Paris, Pierre in New York and Jacques in London, ensuring their brand’s consistency at their branches across the world. The trio also brought in such talents as Charles Jacqueau and Jeanne Toussaint.

One of Cartier’s earliest major successes was the Santos de Cartier watch — one of the world's first modern wristwatches for men. (Previously, a large number of people were using only pocket watches.) Louis designed the timepiece in 1904 for his friend, popular Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to check the time more easily while flying.

Cartier’s other famous timepieces include the Tank watch, which was inspired by the linear form of military tanks during World War I, and the so-called mystery clocks. Invented by watchmaker and magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and later crafted exclusively for Cartier in the house’s workshop by watchmaker Maurice Couët, the mystery clocks were so named because the integration of glass dials on which the clocks’ hands would seemingly float as well as structures that are hidden away within the base give the illusion that they operate without machinery.

On the jewelry side of the business, Cartier’s internationally renowned offerings include the Tutti Frutti collection, which featured colorful carved gemstones inspired by Jacques’s trip to India and grew in popularity during the Art Deco years; the panthère motif, which has been incorporated into everything from brooches to rings; and the Love bracelet, a minimal, modernist locking bangle inspired by medieval chastity belts that transformed fine jewelry.

While the Cartier family sold the business following the death of Pierre in 1964, the brand continues to innovate today, renewing old hits and creating new masterpieces.

On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.

About the Seller
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Gold Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are highly rated and consistently exceed customer expectations.
Established in 2014
1stDibs seller since 2015
177 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Cartier Art Deco Sterling Silver Compact Case by
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fine Cartier compact case in Art Deco style, circa 1930s. Sterling silver with gold gilt interior. The exterior features engraved line pattern that radiates out from a central jewe...

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Decorative Boxes



Cartier 18-Karat Yellow Gold Compact Box with Diamonds 0.20 Carat, Paris, 1930s
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
A beautifully crafted compact case by Cartier in 18-karat yellow gold from the Art Deco period of the 1930s. The lid has been exquisitely decorated with four ducks each set with two ...

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Jewelry Boxes



Cartier 18-Karat Yellow Gold Compact Box with Diamonds 0.20-Carat, Paris, 1930s
By Cartier
Located in Braintree, GB
A beautifully crafted compact case by Cartier in 18-karat yellow gold from the Art Deco period of the 1930s. The lid has been exquisitely decorated with four ducks each set with two ...

Vintage 1930s French Art Deco Decorative Boxes



Portait Box Signed Cartier à Paris, 20th Century
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Rectangular gold case or box signed Cartier in Paris. The case is finely guilloché with rhombic motifs and framed by a stylized foliated frieze. The case includes a bail. The push bu...

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Jewelry Boxes


Tourmaline, Gold

1920s Art Deco Gold & Enamel Vanity Case by Cartier
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
1920s Art Deco gold & enamel vanity case by Cartier 14k Gold. signed Cartier Weight: 112.7 grams Dimensions: Width 3 in, Height 0.44 in approximately.

Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Jewelry Boxes


Gold, Enamel

Early 20th Century Art Deco Jewelry Box, Walnut, Czechia 'Bohemia', 1920s
Located in Horomerice, CZ
Art Deco jewelry box. Original very well preserved condition. Period: 1920-1929 Source: Czechia (Bohemia) Material: Walnut.  

Early 20th Century Czech Art Deco Jewelry Boxes



Art Deco Cartier Paris Chinoiserie Lac Burgaute Enamel Gold Pill Box
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Extremely rare Cartier mother of pearl and enamel chinoiserie pill box A very collectible and rare motif Made in France Circa 1928 Weight: 45.1 grams.

Vintage 1920s European Art Deco Snuff Boxes and Tobacco Boxes


Agate, Gold

20th Century Art Deco Glass Vanity Set of Two Bottles and Soap Container
Located in Sofia, BG
Vanity set composed of perfume bottle and eau de toilette spray and a soap container in transparent glass and tulip patterns in burgundy. Art Deco style Paris, circa 1920.

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Decorative Boxes



Art Deco Compact w/ Sailing Ship Motif, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver & Rubies, France
Located in Philadelphia, PA
One of the most beautiful and finely crafted Art Deco compacts we have seen, this example is made from silver highlighted with gold, rose gold and rubies, and depicts a sailing ship ...

Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Decorative Boxes


Gold, Silver

Antique Chocolat Tin, Early 20th Century, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique chocolat tin from the early 20th century, circa 1900. This tin box was made for Chocolat Ruelle & Lecocq which was located in Brussels Belgium. It's a lithographic tin wit...

Early 20th Century Belgian Jugendstil Decorative Boxes



Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery