Cartier

Cartier is one of the most recognizable names in luxury and their jewelry and timepieces are some of the most coveted in the entire world. Founded in 1847 by jewelry apprentice Louis-François Cartier, the company quickly became known for its high-quality workmanship and taste. Cartier became a supplier to the royal court of Napoleon III and by the end of the 19th century the company introduced branded watches. Louis-François’ grandsons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacques took over around the turn of the century and helped to establish the Cartier name worldwide.

The 20th century saw the rapid expansion and success of the firm. In 1904, they designed their Santos wristwatch for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a design so popular that it is still in production today. Several years later, Cartier signed a contract with the luxury watch and clock manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre. By this time, Cartier had offices in London, New York, and St. Petersburg and was becoming one of the most successful watch companies in the world. Their jewelry was also enormously successful, characterized by light and airy designs which stood in stark contrast to the more formal and highly decorative accessories of the period. They produced some of the best pieces the world had ever seen, including their famous tutti frutti necklaces and bracelets, made of multi-color gemstones, and a necklace for the Maharaja of Patiala consisting of nearly 3,000 diamonds. For a brief period in the early 20th century they were also owners of the infamous Hope Diamond, which was then sold to New York socialite Evelyn Walsh McLean.

Unlike many companies, Cartier managed to survive the Great Depression and continued to expand globally. Louis and Jacques died in 1942 and Pierre carried on leading the firm until his death in 1964. In 1972, the company was acquired by a consortium led by WW2 French Resistance hero, Robert Hocq, and they set about buying all of the branches of Cartier and forming a single entity, which it remains to this day. Cartier continues to be considered one of the premier jewelers and watchmakers, worn by celebrities, world leaders, and the wealthy elite, and operating 200 stores in 125 different countries.

Upcoming Lots Cartier

CARTIER, Diamond, gold, and platinum brooch | ragoarts.com

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Cartier

Diamond, gold, and platinum brooch

estimate: $3,000–4,000
CARTIER, Gold and cultured pearl shell earrings | ragoarts.com

117

Cartier

Gold and cultured pearl shell earrings

estimate: $3,000–3,500
CARTIER, 'Tank Solo' gold and stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 3168 | ragoarts.com

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Cartier

'Tank Solo' gold and stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 3168

estimate: $1,500–2,000
CARTIER, '21 Autoscaph' stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 2427 | ragoarts.com

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Cartier

'21 Autoscaph' stainless steel wristwatch, Ref. 2427

estimate: $500–1,000

Auction Results Cartier

CARTIER, Late Art Deco diamond bracelet | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Late Art Deco diamond bracelet

estimate: $25,000–30,000
result: $40,000
CARTIER, Ruby and diamond ring | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Ruby and diamond ring

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $32,500
CARTIER, Art Deco seed pearl and diamond wristwatch | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Art Deco seed pearl and diamond wristwatch

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $17,500
CARTIER, Aquamarine, ruby, and diamond ring | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Aquamarine, ruby, and diamond ring

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $15,000
CARTIER, 'Tank Basculante Millennium' gold wristwatch, Ref. 2391 | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Tank Basculante Millennium' gold wristwatch, Ref. 2391

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $13,750
CARTIER, Art Deco handbag | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Art Deco handbag

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $11,875
CARTIER, Gold, enamel, and emerald 'Panthère' brooch | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Gold, enamel, and emerald 'Panthère' brooch

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $11,250
CARTIER, 'Snoopy' gold pendant | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Snoopy' gold pendant

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $10,625
CARTIER, Maxi Oval 'Baignoire' gold wristwatch, Ref. 2605 | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Maxi Oval 'Baignoire' gold wristwatch, Ref. 2605

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $8,750
CARTIER, 'Gentiane' gold necklace | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Gentiane' gold necklace

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $6,250
CARTIER, Gold Panthère Tank watch | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Gold Panthère Tank watch

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,250
CARTIER, 1 oz. gold bar pendant and long chain necklace | ragoarts.com

Cartier

1 oz. gold bar pendant and long chain necklace

estimate: $5,500–6,500
result: $6,250
CARTIER, Art Deco box | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Art Deco box

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $5,938
CARTIER, Pasha Seatimer yellow gold wristwatch | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Pasha Seatimer yellow gold wristwatch

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $5,938
CARTIER, Belle Epoque diamond necklace | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Belle Epoque diamond necklace

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $5,625
CARTIER, 'Ronde Louis' gold wristwatch, Ref. 0900 1 | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Ronde Louis' gold wristwatch, Ref. 0900 1

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $5,625
CARTIER, 'Panthère' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 1280 | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Panthère' gold and diamond wristwatch, Ref. 1280

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $5,525
CARTIER, 'Baignoire' gold wristwatch, Ref. 1954 | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Baignoire' gold wristwatch, Ref. 1954

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $5,313
CARTIER, Gold 'Panthère' ring | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Gold 'Panthère' ring

estimate: $4,500–5,500
result: $5,313
JEAN DINH VAN FOR CARTIER, Diamond and gold ring | ragoarts.com

Jean Dinh Van for Cartier

Diamond and gold ring

estimate: $5,000–6,000
result: $5,000
CARTIER, White gold 'Love' bangle bracelet | ragoarts.com

Cartier

White gold 'Love' bangle bracelet

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,000
CARTIER, Sapphire, ruby, and diamond brooch | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Sapphire, ruby, and diamond brooch

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,000
CARTIER, Art Deco tourmaline, diamond, and black enamel ring | ragoarts.com

Cartier

Art Deco tourmaline, diamond, and black enamel ring

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $4,800
CARTIER, 'Le Baiser du Dragon' diamond and ruby necklace | ragoarts.com

Cartier

'Le Baiser du Dragon' diamond and ruby necklace

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $4,800