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Cartier Paris circa 1930 Art Deco Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Lighter

$15,500

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A lighter in the form of an oval column with a field of prong-set diamonds at the opening; mounted in yellow gold with platinum accents, with French assay marks; in original fitted Cartier case • 52 round diamonds • Signed Cartier, Paris, 012884, and with maker’s mark As the art of smoking and tobacco consumption rapidly grew in the early 1900s, so did the demand for chic smoking accessories. Largely replacing tobacco chewing, cigars, and pipe smoking for men, the cigarette became wildly popular for both men and women during World War. Numerous jeweled accouterments were created to stylishly store and accessorize smoking, such as cigarette cases, ashtrays, tabletop boxes, match cases, and lighters. The jewelry house of Cartier, always on the forefront of design and innovation, created many smoking requisites and helped to shape the refinement of smoking. Louis Cartier believed, “We must make it our business to build up our inventory that responds to the mood of the public by producing articles which have a useful function but which are also decorated in the Cartier style.” This lighter by Cartier is an excellent example of Cartier’s ability to transform ordinary objects into luxurious possessions. Made during the Art Deco era, this lighter is highly modern. The polished yellow gold body forms an oval column then accented by a platinum curved band encrusted with diamonds. The simple use of polished yellow gold without ornament is streamlined and chic, and the band of pave-set diamonds adds texture and intrigue. In this design, Cartier embodied the modern spirit of the early twentieth century while maintaining their distinct classic style. Often given as gifts of achievement or affection, smoking accouterments were in high demand during the Art Deco period and the legendary jewelry firm Cartier recognized this and provided a wide range of products in various prices. In 1928, Cartier in New York created a color brochure titled For a Luxurious Smoke: Accessories, by Cartier, which cleverly captured the spirit of their desired audience. This lighter by Cartier demonstrates Cartier’s expert craftsmanship and impeccable style and is a highly collectable item from their Art Deco repertoire.

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  • Weight
    49.5 g
  • Dimensions
    Width: 1.38 in. (35.06 mm)Depth: .63 in. (16.01 mm)Length: 1.44 in. (36.58 mm)
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  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930
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  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: F71831stDibs: LU2075210699342

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About the Designer

Cartier

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.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. It’s certainly one of the most well known and internationally revered jewelers in the world among clients both existing and aspirational.On 1stDibs, find a growing collection of contemporary and vintage Cartier watches, engagement rings, necklaces and other accessories.
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Siegelson is a world-renowned gallery offering rare collectible jewels. Third-generation gem and jewelry dealer Lee Siegelson has been credited with bridging the gap between art and jewelry design, in the process transforming estate jewelry into a vibrant part of the luxury goods and collectibles world. Focusing on a piece’s design rat...

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