Cartier 1940 Paris Art-Deco Rare Ladybug Pin Brooch In 18 Kt Yellow Gold With Coral & Diamonds
Ladybug "Coccinelle" clip brooch designed by Cartier.
Very cute and rare antique ladybug pin brooch, created by the house of Cartier in Paris, France, during the art deco period back in the 1940. This little masterpiece was carefully crafted in solid 18 karats yellow gold. It is suited at the reverse, with a hinged double stick pins to wear as a clip.
The body shield is embellished with an oval cabochon, carved from natural pink salmon coral and bezel set with 6 European round brilliant cuts diamonds, 0.26 carats, D/E color VVS-1 clarity.
The ladybird is a well known symbol for good luck.
Cartier, debuted their ladybug (or ladybird) brooches as early as 1935 and the design immediately became popular amongst collectors and it has also been one of the mascot for Cartier. While the Maison has rendered jewelry from the flora and fauna world, the humble ladybug, together with the scarab, are the only beetle motifs that were used. Cartier didn't stop with brooches, the ladybugs also appeared as earrings, a candlesnuffer and even a cigarette lighter!, The present coral and diamond ladybug brooch is an example of this iconic design from the mid-20th century. They have been made in designs matching the fashion of the time.
This piece have a total weight of 8.6 grams.
Measures: 23 mm by 23 mm by 12 mm (0.91 x 0.91 x 0.47 Inches).
Is fully stamped, with French hallmarks; the eagle's head for the assay and guaranty of the 18 kt gold, the maker's maitre mark cartouche, the unique serial numbers and signed in full, "CARTIER FRANCE 18 KTS 14127".
Note: This type of lady bug design was also produced with other hardstones, like lapis lazuli and black onyx, with and without diamonds and with black enamel.
Note: A similar ladybug "Coccinelle" has been offered in Geneva by Sotheby's in May 21 2021 Lot 624 for 18,900 CHF.
Literature: Amazing Cartier, by Nadine Coleno, Flammarion, 2008, pp. 44-45. Platinum by Cartier, Triumphs of the Jeweler's Art, Franco Cologni and Eric Nussbaum, Abrahams, 1996, pp-206, for similar brooches and pins, this model illustrated.
Collateral: It is accompanied by the original Cartier presentation jewelry box.
Condition: The overall condition of this piece is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold. All gemstones are secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: P0000CMOE/.2067