Coral, lacquer and diamond clip, Cartier, late 1930s

Designed as a ladybird, the coral body studded with eight circular-cut diamonds, the head and feet set with black lacquer and single-cut diamonds, signed Cartier Paris, French assay and maker's marks, pochette. Est. 10,000—15,000 CHF. Lot Sold 45,000 CHF

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Cf: Catalogue for the exhibition at the Petit Palais Museum, The Art of Cartier Jewellery, Paris, 1989-1990, page 157, plate 469 for an illustration of a very similar brooch dated 1936.

Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels And A Celebration of Taste and , Magnificent Jewels from a Private Collection. 12 May 09. Geneva www.sothebys.com photo courtesy Sotheby's