The reeded pattern on this silver box is a play of shadow and light interrupted by two perpendicular bands evoking the straps on traveling luggage. The box opens by means of a cylindrical lapis lazuli thumb piece set in gold to reveal a mirror and a wood interior originally made to hold cigars. The spare design of this box is directly influenced by significant changes in technology in the early twentieth century. Stripping down the decorative excess of earlier eras, a group of designers emerged who adopted a mechanical aesthetic later known as Art Moderne. This new style embraced the role of machinery in modern life, foregoing naturalistic ornamentation and using materials that played on volume using light and shadow.



DESIGNER/

Cartier

DATE/

1920

MATERIALS/

Lapis Lazuli, Gold, Silver

DIMENSIONS/

6 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 1 13/16 in

STYLE/

Historic

HERITAGE/

France

SHIPS FROM/

New York

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Cartier Art Deco Silver, Gold, and Lapis Lazuli Box $22,000

The reeded pattern on this silver box is a play of shadow and light interrupted by two perpendicular bands evoking the straps on traveling luggage. The box opens by means of a cylindrical lapis lazuli thumb piece set in gold to reveal a mirror and a wood interior originally made to hold cigars. The spare design of this box is directly influenced by significant changes in technology in the early twentieth century. Stripping down the decorative excess of earlier eras, a group of designers emerged who adopted a mechanical aesthetic later known as Art Moderne. This new style embraced the role of machinery in modern life, foregoing naturalistic ornamentation and using materials that played on volume using light and shadow.



DESIGNER/

Cartier

DATE/

1920

MATERIALS/

Lapis Lazuli, Gold, Silver

DIMENSIONS/

6 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 1 13/16 in

STYLE/

Historic

HERITAGE/

France

SHIPS FROM/

New York

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