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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1930-1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold, diamonds and carved coral

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 31, shelf A, box 3

This intriguing motif which owes something of its inspiration to the Surrealist movement was made in a number of variations by Cartier between at least 1937 and 1952. The scale and the composition remained unchanged but in some the flower was of brightly polished gold, or the hand of black enamel rather than coral.

Physical description

Brooch in the form of a rose of black enamelled gold with diamond centre, the stalk held by a carved coral hand with two bracelets at the wrist

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1930-1940 (made)


Cartier (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold, diamonds and carved coral

Marks and inscriptions

eagle's head French restricted warranty mark for gold
on back, and also on back of one of the two prongs of the clip

Cartier Paris
engraved on gold back

engraved on gold back


Height: 45 mm, Width: 27.5 mm, Depth: 13 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch of enamelled gold set with diamonds and carved coral. Made by Cartier, Paris, 1930-1940


Enamel; Gold; Diamond; Coral


Enamelling; Carving; Stone setting; Stone-cutting

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Hand


Jewellery; Metalwork; Accessories


Metalwork Collection

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