Panthère de Cartier Fountain Pen of 930 Silver, France,
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France, Paris, 2005
Cartier - French jewelry and watch manufacturer, founded in 1847 in Paris
Edition of 500
Of the series ‘The Menagerie signed by Cartier’
Fountain pen in the shape of a lying panther with spinel eyes and an onyx nose
On the base hallmarked with the guarantee mark Minerva head, the master's mark, ‘930’ and ‘made in France’
Numbered on the cap ‘214/500’ as well as on the side ‘Cartier’
Nib made of 18 karat white gold and marked ‘18K’ and ‘750’
Rectangular pen tray of crystal glass
Certificate, guarantee booklet, two refill cartridges and a cartridge holder
In the original Cartier box
Total weight: c. 199 grams
Object is regular taxed. 19% VAT is added to the purchase price for deliveries within the EU.
This fountain pen was made of 930 silver and is a part of the limited series ‘The Menagerie signed by Cartier’. The nib consists of 18 karat white gold and the pen has the shape of a reclining panther with spinel eyes and onyx nose. The latter can be placed in the rectangular pen tray of crystal glass and comes in the original Cartier box, with a certificate, the guarantee booklet two refill cartridges and a cartridge holder.
The fountain pen is marked on the base of the handle with the Minerva head, the guarantee mark, the maker's mark, ‘930’ and ‘made in France’. The nib is marked ‘18K’ and ‘750’. The condition is good with signs of use. The black synthetic thread at the top is mostly break off. The length measures 15.5 cm and the total weight is c. 199 grams.
The exclusive French jeweler and watch company Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 and gained international renown in 1904 with the ‘Santos de Cartier’, a wristwatch created for the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont. A further milestone in the history of modern watchmaking was the introduction of the Tank watch in 1917, which was inspired by British First World War tanks. With their Paris boutique established in the Rue de la Paix, Cartier soon opened further branches in London, New York and St. Petersburg to cater to the demand of a growing international clientele. Cultivating ties to important members of the aristocracy, Cartier became the supplier to the most notable royal dynasties of the 20th century. Since the beginning, the Maison created innovative pieces of jewelry, inspired by the flora and fauna, often characterized by innovative shapes and extravagant color combination as seen in their ‘Tutti Frutti’ signature style. In addition to exquisite floral motifs Cartier has conceived a fanciful menagerie including exotic birds caught in full flight, sacred creatures from ancient Egypt, wondrous chimeras and fierce felines. The typical Panthère motif was first introduced in 1914 with a women's watch, in 1935 with a ring for the Duchess of Windsor and was later transformed into the famous jewelry series ‘Panthère de Cartier’. The theme was significantly developed by Jeanne Toussaint, nicknamed ‘La Panthère’, who was the creative director of Fine Jewelry from 1933 and as a metaphor of femininity the panther remains an icon of the House of Cartier. In addition to jewelry and watches, Cartier offers a wide range of various leather goods, perfumes, pens, lighters, sunglasses and all sorts of accessories. To this day creations by Cartier are must-haves in the international luxury segment. (lvp)
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