Spectacles, lorgnettes, magnifying glasses, opera glasses... every optical accessory was reviewed with a jeweller’s eye. From the time that Cartier was founded, they were transformed into decorative instruments. This was achieved with noble or precious materials, the sparkle of diamonds, and delicate enamelling.
PAIR OF OPERA GLASSES
CARTIER PARIS, COMMISSIONED IN 1912
Platinum, rose-cut diamonds, jet, black varnish
7.04 x 5.00 x 2.07 cm
CARTIER PARIS, SPECIAL ORDER, 1954
Gold, two navette-shaped emeralds, black enamel.
The hinged fold-out lorgnette concealed behind the tiger's body.
Sold to the Duchess of Windsor (1896-1986).
From the late 1930s onward the Duchess was a great fan of Cartier. Many of her jewels were made in collaboration with Jeanne Toussaint.
8.5 x 2.02 cm (closed)
CARTIER PARIS, 1982
Yellow gold, brilliant-cut diamonds.
Exact replica of the glasses commissioned by Jeanne Lanvin on 16 April 1925, the model was subsequently issued in an edition of three to celebrate 150 years of Cartier in 1997.
Length 11.56 cm