The Cartier Love Bird
have used the symbol of the bird throughout its history, however their
iconic styles of whimsical birds, animals and flora which are so symbolic of
Cartier fine jewellery today only began to emerge in the 1930’s when Jeanne
Toussaint took over as head designer, under her guidance they began
to move away from abstract Deco designs and into more figurative colourful and
famous is the caged bird that Cartier introduced in 1940, a symbol of
resistance against the Nazi occupation, and the version that appeared in
Cartier’s windows days after Paris was liberated: the bird poised for flight,
cage door open.
‘Lovebird’ brooch has been referenced as far back as the late 1900’s and
various versions have been produced throughout the 20th Century,
it has since been discontinued, the last known retail
listing was in 1995 and cost $72,500.
offering an exquisite pavé diamond and onyx version in our November auction;
Lot 201, estimated to sell between €18,000 – 22,000