Dusausoy and find they are so under appreciated or even known by many jewelry historians - I would love to know who the design genius was at the firm who produced so many competent pieces in the 1930s - and I wonder how many of their pieces have been "re-signed" by members of the estate jewelry trade - a most unattractive group in general.
As for my comments last night, they are trivial - and I only delve into this point because you appear to be a "seeker of truth" and a perfectionist. Please tell your friend who worked at Cartier that the Tiffany building that currently stands on Worth & Hibiscus is a complete fabrication that was redone over 20 years ago, so its angled corner looks nothing like it did in the late 1930s when Marion Wolcott photographed it. The building that used to stand on the Tiffany site matched the building West across Hibiscus Street (now housing the Chanel shop) until Tiffany, or some such developer, sought to make the building grander. I also think that in my distant, boyhood memory, that SAKS Fifth Avenue used to occupy that building - but I will check with the historian at the PB Historical Society -
I am attaching the website for the company that provided all the stone for the redone Tiffany building - I know that the current Chanel doorway looks much the same as the one in the old Wolcott/Cartier photo, but the building to the East, in the direction of the Atlantic, looked exactly the same until the Tiffany. They were essentially without architectural distinction, and were erected to be "tax payers" during the utra-short Palm Beach season between the world wars - www.herpelcaststone.com/page/featured-commercial. Also, the rider of the bicycle could not be on Hibiscus (as the street markings show on the curb) and be facing Worth Avenue and be in front of the current Chanel building - enough of this minutiae -
I will return to your site with great pleasure - it is so rare that something is so well done - and I will look for your Van Cleef books today in our local (Manhattan) bookstores -