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 Victorian silver-top 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's 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 English Victorian 18 karat gold reverse crystal brooch. The finely painted crystal brooch represents ducks in lift-off. The yellow and red gold frame is decorated with dimensional pussy willows intertwined with ribbon.Reverse crystal intaglios are a rock crystal cabochon with an intaglio carved into the flat back and then painted with oils, giving the image a three-dimensional appearance..The technique originated in Belgium c. 1860 and was popularized in England c. 1860's by Thomas Cook.The intaglio is then painted realistically with oils so, that when viewed from the top, the image has a three-dimensional effect. Finally, the back was sealed with mother-of-pearl which preserved the painted areas. The motifs most commonly found were sporting themes - horses, dogs, foxes and birds.
|Dimensions: 1-1/2" length x 2" width|
|Item #: BO-16621|
|Price: $5,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and plique à jour brooch with diamond, amethysts and pearl by Louis Zorra. The brooch has an old mine-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .65 carat, 21 round bezel set amethysts with an approximate total weight of 1.10 carats, and a hanging, enamel capped pearl. Similar pictured in Imperishable Beauty Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin, MFA Publications Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008, pages 8 and 68."Zorra was possibly born in Italy, working in Paris during the Art Nouveau period)...he moved to Paris from Asti, Italy, and exhibited at the Salon des artistes français, receiving an honorable mention in 1902." Markowitz and Karlin in Imperishable Beauty, pg. 151.
|Artist: Louis Zorra|
|Signed: “Emily C, Minor” “V.B.K. From C.W.W”|
|Dimensions: 1 3/4 inches in length by 1 1/2 inches in width|
|Item #: BO-16930|
|Price: $22,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A Spanish Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant brooch with diamond, pearls, and plique-a-jour enameling by Masriera. The pendant/brooch has an old European-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .07 carat, and a freshwater pearl drop of approximately 6 x 5 mm. The pendant depicts a maiden emerging among flowers styled in plique-a-jour enamel, a technique developed by the most prestigious jewelers in the Art Nouveau period. Chain later. "The name Masriera is not only a synonym for artistic jewellery, but also much more: Catalan modernist jewelry, a world focussed on the symbolic trends of Art Nouveau. The name Masriera is completely inseparable from the artistic and cultural life in Barcelona in the last decades of the 19th century until the first decades of the 20th century."After being introduced to the work of René Lalique and the 1900 International Paris Exhibition, Masriera's jewels focused on the floral, serpentine elements and feminine sensuality, but the true iconographic revolution came from the magical fusion of the Art Nouveau, the iconic fusion between woman and nature, spawning the popular fairies, nymphs, naiads and insect-women.
|Dimensions: 2 1/4 inches in height x 1 1/2 inches in width; with chain 21 inches in length.|
|Item #: PT-17169|
|Price: $27,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-20th Century platinum and 18 karat white gold brooch with diamonds and pearls by Pierre Sterlé. The brooch contains 300 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 8.50 carats, G/H color, VS clarity. There are 3 articulated South Sea pearls measuring 13.5 mm, 13.3 mm and 12.5 mm finishing the bottom. The brooch is designed as a tied bow brooch composed of chevron-set diamond ribbons finished with the 3 diamond-capped South Sea pearls. A similar brooch is pictured in Sterlé Joaillier Paris, by Viviane Jutheau, Editions Vecteurs, 1990, Plate 1273.
|Artist: Pierre Sterlé|
|Signed: “Sterlé Paris" "5263” and French control marks|
|Dimensions: 2'¼'' high x 3¼'' wide|
|Item #: BO-16411|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
An American Mid-20th Century platinum brooch with diamonds by Raymond Yard. The brooch has 47 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 4.30 carats, and 9 baguette diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.10 carats. Total approximate weight of the brooch is 5.40 carats, F/H color, VS clarity. The dimensional brooch is composed of 2 overlapping leaves.The firm of Raymond Yard catered to the wealthiest and most distinguished American families such as Rockefellers, Fleischmanns, Flaglers, and Woolworths, among others. The firm, Raymond C. Yard, focused primarily on custom pieces for their clientele and was known for sourcing the highest quality of materials that his clientele demanded. Stock pieces were executed by the highest level of outside manufacturers, with Yard supplying the stones and designs. His creations exemplified the understated elegance of impeccable workmanship combined with the very finest of materials. Raymond Yard prided himself on his knowledge of gems and was considered one of the foremost experts on pearls.Similar pictured in Yard The Life and Magnificent Jewelry of Raymond C. Yard, by Natasha Kuzmanovic, The Vendome Press, 2007, page 61.
|Artist: Raymond Yard|
|Signed: “Yard” “Plat”|
|Dimensions: 1-1/4" height x 2" width|
|Item #: BO-16793|
|Price: $19,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold brooch with diamonds, ruby, black enamel and mother of pearl by Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch has 9 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .27 carat, a round ruby with an approximate total weight of .02 carat, and mother of pearl composing the body and wings. Made in France sold in USA. The whimsical penguin 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, 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: “VCA 750 NY7K433.2” French control mark|
|Dimensions: 1-1/4" length x 1" width|
|Item #: BO-17056|
|Price: $17,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|