A Victorian silver-topped 18 karat gold, diamond, emerald, ruby and pearl brooch, featuring a depiction of the penultimate scene from the fable "Jack and the Beanstalk" in which Jack lures the giant by stealing the mermaid harp. A baroque pearl forms the tail of a sculpted 18-karat gold mermaid decorating the base of a lyre outlined with old mine-cut diamonds. The strings of the lyre are accented with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and a sapphire weighing approximately 1.75, .30, .30 and .05 carats respectively.
|Dimensions: 2" length x 1-1/4" width|
|Item #: BO-6926|
|Price: $13,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Austrian Art Nouveau 18 karat gold brooch with diamond, sapphires, rubies, emerald, garnet and pearl. The bloomed gold, three dimensional butterfly is set with 1 fancy cut garnet approximately 1.40 carats, 1 diamond approximately .03 cts, 4 sapphires approximately .55 carat, 4 rubies approximately .30 carat, 2 emerald approximately .12 carat and one pearl.
|Signed: Austrian control mark.|
|Dimensions: 1 inch in height x 2 inches in width|
|Item #: BO-16927|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Art Deco platinum and gold brooch with diamonds, ruby, emerald and lapis lazuli by Kohn. The brooch has 38 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.20 carats, with ruby and emerald accents. The base of the jardiniere is formed of a single piece of lapis lazuli with red and black enamel.
|Dimensions: ¾ inches in height x 2¼ inches in width|
|Item #: BO-16257|
|Price: $27,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An American Art Deco platinum and enamel watch/brooch with diamonds, rubies and emeralds by Tiffany & Co. The watch/brooch has 215 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.65 carats, and 14 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carats, 20 square-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .90 carat, 6 cabochon rubies and 1 carved bead ruby with an approximate total weight of .52 carat and 11 cabochon and calibre-cut emeralds with an approximate total weight of .33 carat. "The style for decorative arts of the 1920's was streamlined; form was reduced to basic geometry and the color palette was made strong and bold as opposed to the delicate pastels that were fashionable in the decades before the war. This trend became solidly established at the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, Industriels et Modernes, where visitors were electrified by the explosion of contrasting primary colors, geometric pattern and stylized natural subjects that burst on the scene."Similar pictured and discussed in American Luxury Jewels from the House of Tiffany, by Falino and Markowitz, editors, Antique Collectors' Club, 2009, page 144, Plate 91.
|Artist: Tiffany & Co|
|Signed: “Tiffany Irid Plat” “Tiffany & Co” on watch face|
|Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches in height x 2 1/8 inches in width|
|Item #: BO-16786|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Deco platinum double clip brooch with diamonds by Ostertag. The double clip brooch has 182 round and baguette-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 9.50 carats, G/H/I color, VS/SI clarity. Original bill of sale from M.S.Arnold Ostertag. The clips are designed in a wing motif. Signed box, 'Paris Arnold Ostertag'. The firm of Ostertag was founded in the 1920's by Swiss-born, Arnold Ostertag (1883 – c.1940) is said to have created objects that rivaled the creations of the more celebrated houses of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Boucheron. The Ostertag Maison was located in Paris, at number 16 Place Vendôme near other important jewelry houses of the day.During the 1920s and 1930s, Ostertag was especially known for jewelry and objets d'art based on Asian and Indian designs. One style, known as Tutti Frutti, popular from the early 1920s to the late 1930s combined influences from Islamic religious architecture and so-called Hindu or Indian styles.Emeralds, carved rubies, and sapphires – often imported from worldwide locations – were interspersed with diamonds. The jewels were crafted into unique pieces using the highest known techniques of the day and arranged into flowers and leaves, studded with berries and fruit. Many of the creations were purchased by an elite clientele that ranged from empresses, kings, and dukes to celebrities.Ostertag was among the renowned Parisian jewelers, led by Cartier and Mauboussin that were invited to commission masterpieces in collaboration with other respected and well-known jewelry and timepiece houses of the day. Ostertag's objets d'art and decorative clocks made by the revered clockmaker, George Verger, are jeweled works of art.In 1929 Ostertag exhibited jewelry and objets d'Art at the Musee Galliera. Ostertag's Paris shop continued until late 1939 when he left for America where he died around 1940.His biographers, Proddow and Healy, write that Ostertag regularly visited America in years between World Wars I and II. They write that he would come to New York in mid-October, spend two months in Los Angeles, then visit Florida, and return to Paris via Cannes at Easter. After two months in Paris, he spent July in Deauville, August in the south of France, and September in Biarritz.At the onset of World War II, Maison Ostertag closed its doors forever. Discussed in Art Deco Jewelry by Sylvie Raulet, Rizzoli, 1985.
|Signed: House marks (partial) and French Control Marks|
|Dimensions: 1-3/8" length x 2-5/8" width|
|Item #: BO-17293|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An American Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with diamonds, emeralds, ruby and sapphire by David Webb. The brooch has 105 diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.75 carats, 11 emeralds with an approximate total weight of .68 carat, 1 ruby with an approximate total weight of .85 carat, and 1 sapphire with an approximate total weight of .20 carat. The brooch depicts a whimsical dolphin with articulated fins. "They roar, whinny, and croak, some of them chatter incessantly, and all are bona fide members of the Webb Kingdom Collection, that body of beasts dating to the beginning of the 1960's and continuing today." Ruth Peltason in David Webb, page 182.Discussed in David Webb The Quintessential American Jeweler, by Ruth Peltason, Assouline, 2013.
|Artist: David Webb|
|Signed: “David Webb” “18 K Plat”|
|Dimensions: 2 inches in lenth x 3/4 inch in width|
|Item #: BO-16832|
|Price: $18,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with emeralds, diamonds, black enamel and coral by Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch has 2 cabochon emerald eyes with an approximate total weight of .40 carats, 9 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of .15 carats. The tiger's tongue is made of carved coral. The whimsical tiger was from the VCA 'La Boutique' collection, first introduced in 1954."This brilliant collection of whimsically cartoonish animal clips charmed new customers with their playful expressions and quirky compositions. Still highly detailed and made of precious metal and gemstones, the animated brooches made for great gifts and, because they were a bit more affordable than the Maison's typically pricey pieces, more people could indulge in these adorable animals. As they added more animals to the collection each year, customers soon found the need to collect these curious creatures, turning them into one of jewelry's beloved collector's items." From "Jewelry In Focus Curious Creatures Of Van Cleef & Arpels La Boutique" "Jewels Du Jour" by Natalie Bos, jewelry blog posted on September 1, 2012.Similar pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels The Art of High Jewelry, by Evelyne Possémé (editor), Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, pages 194-195.
|Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels|
|Signed: “B1477 64750 750” French control mark|
|Dimensions: 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" width|
|Item #: BO-17061|
|Price: $17,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Art Nouveau brooch with pearls, diamonds and emerald by Marcus & Co. The brooch has 10 semi-spherical pearls, 15 Old European cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.25 carats and a polished emerald drop. Gemological Institute of America certificate #2171449596 states the pearls are Natural saltwater button pearls.During the first decade of the twentieth century Marcus & Co. offered a variety of Revivalist style jewelry. Egyptian inspired pieces along with Renaissance Revival and Mughal style were created. This brooch is composed in sarpech form which were turban brooches that were worn by Hindu and Muslim princes. The venerable firm of Marcus & Co. was established in 1892 by William, Herman and George Elder Marcus with a shop in New York. The firm distinguished itself as an early proponent of the Art Nouveau style in America, of which this ring is an exquisite example. During the Art Deco period of the 1920's, the firm continued producing fine jewels in the new Art Deco style and expanded with branches in London, Paris, and Palm Beach.
|Artist: Marcus & Co.|
|Dimensions: 3'' length x 1-5/8' width|
|Item #: BO-17466|
|Price: $45,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|