French silversmith and jeweller Louis-Francois Cartier established a modest workshop in Paris in 1847. He had the good fortune to come to the notice of Princess Mathilde Bonaparte who gave him many valuable commissions, which enabled him to expand his business. Under the management of his grandsons, Pierre and Jacques, the firm moved to its present location on the Rue de la Paix in 1889. Cartier's enjoyed the patronage of most of the royalty and nobility of Europe in the years before the First World War, opening branches in London, New York, Cannes and Monte Carlo. In 1972 the business was purchased by a group of investors and the New York and London branches which had been sold off, were repurchased. The company was renamed "Les Must de Cartier" in 1981 and then "Vendome Luxury Group" combining it with other luxury brands including Cartier, Alfred Dunhill, Montblanc, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Karl Lagerfeld. Cartier is now part of luxury goods company Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, based in Switzerland, but founded by South African businessman Johan Rupert.
Cartier, Trinity handbag, black leather, with signature rose, yellow and white gold tone hardware, expandable cage handle and accordion hinge closure, red suede leather lining with four interior compartments, stamped 'Cartier, Paris', with dustbag, height
An 18ct gold and platinum mesh evening bag, Cartier, early 20th century The square shaped bag composed of finely woven mesh with a three tone wavy design to a scroll engraved frame and cabochon saphire clasp, completed by an elongated oval link chain handl
A Belle Epoque diamond and seedpearl hair pin, Cartier, circa 1905 designed as an openwork heartshaped arch of seedpearls bordered by European-cut diamond lines in a millegrain setting, length approximately 127mm long, with a Cartier fitted case; together
Cartier, burgundy wallet, smooth grain leather, gilded corners, stamped with signature Cartier double 'C' monogram, eight credit card pockets and three flat pockets, signed in gold 'Cartier, Paris,' on original box with authenticity card, length 18.5 cm, w
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