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This video, The Great Indian Crowns, featuring Jewellery Historian and Author Rene Brus, mentions a 'Crown Project' at the 14:23 mark. It was a 1930s project to make a crown for Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda State, and it is said that the project - although never completed - did last for several years, with Cartier making a number of designs. They also provide this image with the caption that it is one of the designs for the 'Baroda Crown', although it looks like a turban headpiece so common to the era, raising the question whether he was seeking a crown or a turban with headpiece. I'm wondering if anyone can find the design images that Cartier drew up.

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The project is briefly mentioned in the book Cartier, by Hans Nadelhoffer, but focuses more on the 'Nassak' diamond that Jacques Cartier suggested the Prince buy for "the central stone in the turban ornament". The paragraph also says the project was for a "crown and a turban," making me wonder exactly what the order was, for a crown or a turban with ornament or both.

This article with Radhikaraje Gaekwad, a member of erstwhile Baroda royal family, mentions 14 sketches having been made by Cartier for a project that was never realized.

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    This book by Judy Rudoe looks like it may have a little more info. The preview of that book is limited so I'm guessing but, there may not be any published copies of the drawings themselves. They are presumably in the Cartier archives. – Brian Z May 25 '20 at 15:06
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    @BrianZ Thanks a lot. I've contacted Cartier via Facebook Messenger, Mwa-hahaha! Needless to say, I'm not expecting to get anything from them. It will no doubt be a dead end, but there's no harm in trying anyway! :-) – Johan88 May 26 '20 at 15:48

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