Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tiara Cartier 1903, made for the Duchess of Manchester BY, Louis Cartier at the Victoria and Albert museum London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo: Yale University Art Gallery.

Tiara Cartier 1903, made for the Duchess of Manchester
graduated flaming hearts and C scrolls was inspired by a vision of France before the Revolution. Louis Cartier encouraged his designers to sketch 18th-century ironwork and architectural ornament in Paris and Versailles, and to study engraved jewellery designs. Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester, was a prominent American heiress who married into the British nobility in 1876. The Duke of Portland recorded that she ‘took Society completely by storm by her.

Consuelo, Duchess of Manchester. Born in Louisiana to a Cuban grandee and an American. Entered New York society via the Vanderbilts--namely Alva Vanderbilt, who was her best friend. Godmother to Consuelo Vanderbilt (Duchess of Marlborough). The original "Buccaneer" in the 1870s, along with Jennie Jerome and Minnie Stevens.

The 13th Duke of Manchester with the great Richard Edgecumbe at the Victoria and Albert museum London. With The Manchester family centuries of famous Jewels.