A set of three French Antique 18 kt gold and oxidized silver, platinum and enamel brooches with diamonds and pearls. The brooches have a combined total of 87 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .50 carat, 4 bezel set old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .32 carat, and 3 hanging freshwater pearls. The brooches depict 3 swallows in flight. The brooches are finely engraved on the underside in a realistic feather motif. The later platinum diamond set chain connecting the three swallows is removable. Original fitted box.Swallows were highly symbolic in the 18th and 19th Centuries. They symbolized wanting your loved one to return home safely, faithfully, or to simply return home quickly.
|Signed: French control mark|
|Dimensions: Brooches: 1-3/4" length x 1-7/8" width (2) and 1-3/4" length x 2-1/4" width: length with platinum chain: 8".|
|Item #: BO-17193|
|Price: $25,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold brooch with demantoid garnets, diamonds and rock crystal. The brooch has 42 round demantoid garnets with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat, 45 rose-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carat, and 10 rock crystal beads. Although unsigned, elements of the design of this piece can be found in the work of René Lalique.
|Signed: French control mark|
|Dimensions: 3" length x 2-3/4" widest|
|Item #: BO-17029|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Deco platinum, diamond and enamel jabot pin designed in a floral motif with flowers at each end, set with 100 old European cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.90 carats. and black enamel forming the two flowers. This type of brooch, usually long and vertically shaped, consists of a single central pin with two decorative ornaments at either end. The lower ornament, which either clicks or screws into place, is detachable allowing the connecting pin to be slipped through the garment. When fastened, the pin is invisible, so the two ornaments seem to float on the fabric.In the 1920's and 1930's, Cartier was famed for its jeweled jabots, which it called cliquet pins or brooches (named for the "click" made when the detachable ornament is snapped on to the pin).
|Signed: French control mark|
|Dimensions: 7/8" length x 3-1/4" width|
|Item #: BO-13353|
|Price: $27,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Deco 18 karat gold brooch with sapphires and diamonds by Mauboussin. The brooch has 34 round sapphires with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats, and 54 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.35 carats. The butterfly brooch is composed in a high three dimensional motif with open-work gold wings.
|Signed: “Mauboussun Paris 468” French Control and Makers Marks|
|Dimensions: 2" height x 2-1/8" width|
|Item #: BO-17020|
|Price: $14,500 – 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 stylized 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|
A pair of French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooches with diamonds and lapis lazuli by Cartier. Each ladybug clip/brooch has 6 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .60 carat which are bezel set into the carved lapis lazuli wings. With signed Cartier box.Similar pictured in Amazing Cartier, by Nadine Coleno, Flammarion, 2008, page 44-45.
|Signed: “Cartier Inc” Cartier makers mark “#0584”,“Cartier Inc” “France’ “18k” “#2120”|
|Dimensions: 1'' length x 1'' width|
|Item #: BO-16581|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold "Clematis" brooch with diamonds and Mediterranean red coral by Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch has 8 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .64 carat forming the cluster center, surrounded by a yellow gold stamen, and 5 Mediterranean red coral petals. The flower has a polished gold stem and textured gold leaf. Of a similar motif as the 'Rose de Noel' Collection. Circa 1960's. A similar brooch is pictured in Living Jewels, by Ruth Peltason, Vendome Press, 2010, page 173.
|Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels|
|Signed: "V.C.A." "750" "Made in France" "844.50" Makers mark, French control mark|
|Dimensions: 2-1/8" length x 1-3/4" width|
|Item #: BO-15793|
|Price: $38,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Deco platinum and enamel brooch with diamonds and rubies. The brooch has 306 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 8.75 carats, and 2 cabochon ruby accents.This dimensional brooch representing a dove, the symbol of peace and love, is of special significance, as it was produced as France and the European continent were heading towards war.
|Signed: “5995” French control marks|
|Circa: Late 1930’s|
|Dimensions: 1-1/2" length x 2-3/4" width|
|Item #: BO-16776|
|Price: $22,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|