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1926

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Scarab Belt Buckle, 1926

This is a Scarab Belt Buckle. It is dated 1926. Its medium is square-shaped diamonds, baguette-, brilliant-, round old- and single-cut diamonds, blue egyptian faience, cabochon sapphires, black enamel, gold, platinum.

In an attempt to produce the most authentic adaptations of ancient Egyptian jewelry, Cartier acquired actual fragments of archaic Egyptian faience to incorporate into its Egyptian revival works. This belt buckle owned by Linda (Mrs. Cole) Porter features a popular scarab motif. The Cole Porters spent a lot of time in Paris and the south of France, newly in fashion with both Americans and the British.

It is credited Lent by Cartier Collection, Inv. CL 341 A26.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 3.8 × 12.8 × 2.1 cm (1 1/2 × 5 1/16 × 13/16 in.)

We have 1 media file that features Scarab Belt Buckle, 1926.

"What Is This Thing Called Love?" James P. Johnson (1930)

This Scarab brooch was owned by Linda Porter, whose husband Cole Porter was a prolific composer from New York City. During the 1920s, Porter’s uncommon talents as both composer and writer set him...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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