Achievements, discoveries, victories, honours, awards... since the start of the 20th century, Cartier has created objects specifically designed to recognise the outstanding accomplishments of exceptional people. Trophies, cups and the swords of the Academie Française are among the many symbols in which Cartier style is a mark of history.
CARTIER NEW YORK, 1928
Yellow gold, blue enamel.
The cover with the monogram DC.
A map engraved inside the cover showing Europe and the Americas, the French pioneer of aviation Dieudonné Costes’ journey between Paris and New York, with the engraving:
Au Capitaine Dieudonné Costes En souvenir de son envolée qui en deux coups d'ailes a relié l'Europe, l'Afrique et l'Amérique. Son compatriote et admirateur New York, le 16 février, 1928. P.C. Cartier [To Captain Dieudonné Costes / in memory of his flight, who with two flaps of his wings linked Europe, Africa / and America. / From his compatriot and admirer. / New York, February 16, 1928 P.C. Cartier].
Given by Pierre Cartier.
12.75 x 2.72 cm
ACADEMICIAN’S SWORD MADE FOR JEAN COCTEAU
CARTIER PARIS, 1955
Yellow gold, silver, emerald, rubies, diamond, ivory, onyx, blue enamel, steel blade.
The French writer Jean Cocteau (1889–1963) displayed his creative talents through poems, novels, plays, drawings, and films.
The handguard traces the profile of Orpheus, the mythological figure who was Jean Cocteau’s muse. An ivory version of Orpheus’s lyre, adorned with a 2.84-carat emerald and two rubies, crowns the pommel. Fabric-like gold wrapped around the hilt suggests drapery around the column of an ancient theatre, evoking tragic drama. The mount of the scabbard bears Cocteau’s trademark signature of his initials with a star, a symbol that recurs on the crossguard in the form of a six-pointed star with a diamond in the centre and a ruby on each point. The star is set against an ivory disk while the crossguard itself takes the form of a stick of charcoal, evoking Cocteau’s drawings. Also on the scabbard, a pattern evoking the grille surrounding the gardens of the Palais Royal alludes to his place of residence, while the hand clutching an ivory ball at the tip of the scabbard refers to the stone-laden snowball in Les Enfants Terribles, the film that Cocteau scripted from his own 1929 novel, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville in 1950. This sword was designed by Cocteau himself but was given to him, as tradition demands, by his friends upon his election to the Académie Française. The blade came from a swordsmith in Toledo while the emerald was donated by Coco Chanel and the rubies and diamond by Francine Weisweiller.
Length 87.0 cm
LUNAR EXCURSION MODULE (EXACT REPLICA)
CARTIER PARIS, 1969
Yellow gold, white gold, black lacquer, red, white and blue enamel.
Engraved: "United States" and "Les lecteurs du journal Le Figaro à Michael Collins"
[From readers of Le Figaro newspaper to Michael Collins]
In 1969 the Apollo 11 mission enabled man to set foot on the moon for the first time. The mission was composed of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins (born in 1930). The lunar vehicle or LEM (Lunar Excursion Module) was a space ship designed to set men on the surface of the moon. Cartier Paris was commissioned by Le Figaro newspaper to make three scale models of the LEM, which were presented to the three astronauts when they visited Paris. Le Figaro readers, who financed the project through a subscription drive, thereby participated in the event of the century. Each module contained a microfilm bearing the names of the subscribers who contributed to the operation. This module is preserved in its original red leather case, which is pyramidal in shape and bears the inscription Michael Collins and his signature. The top of the case is marked "Les lecteurs du journal Le Figaro" (The readers of Le Figaro newspaper).
15.0 x 10.0 x 25.0 cm