24 May 2016

The prince charming of rue de la Paix

We see in this drawing from 1925, how the famous humorist Sem called the Duke of Windsor and the future Edward VIII. The Duke spent a lot of time in the Cartier boutique at rue de la Paix, where he bought jewelry for his fiancées, and especially for the Duchess of Windsor, for whom he would eventually abdicate the throne. He spent hours working over designs and matching gemstones with Jeanne Toussaint, who was at that time in charge of Cartier’s creations.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Windsor at Hamilton, Bermuda, in 1940. The Duchess wears the "Flamingo" brooch created by Cartier in 1940 © SuperStock/Leemage

  • Sem - The Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, and his Parisian admirers © Cartier, 1924

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