From its earliest days, but particularly since the 1940s with the arrival of Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier's world has been populated with real and fantastic animal figures. Cartier borrowed wild animals from Africa (particularly felines), sacred animals from Ancient Egypt, and foo dogs and other chimeras from China. Cartier designed a dolphin bracelet and brooches with fierce reptiles or charming ladybirds and tortoises. His skies were full of fireflies, butterflies, birds of paradise and kingfishers. Even a famous pink flamingo landed on the favourite brooch of the Duchess of Windsor.

FLAMINGO BROOCH

CARTIER PARIS, SPECIAL ORDER, 1940

Platinum, yellow gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, calibré-cut emeralds, sapphires and rubies, sapphire cabochons, one citrine.

Sold to the Duke of Windsor.

9.65 x 9.59 cm