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 carats, 4 bezel set old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .32 carats, and 3 hanging freshwater pearls. The brooches depict 3 swallows in flight. The brooches are finely engraved on the underside in a feather motif. Platinum diamond set chain connects the three swallows is removable. 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 inches in length x 1 7/8 inches in width (2) and 1 3/4 inches in length x 2 1/4 inches in width; Complete length with chain: 8 inches.|
|Item #: BO-17193|
|Price: $25,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
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 English Victorian 18 karat gold and 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 inches in height x 2 inches wide|
|Item #: BO-16621|
|Price: $5,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Art Nouveau 18 karat gold pendant with pink sapphire, diamonds and pearl by Lucien Gautrait. The pendant has a pear-cut pink sapphire with an approximate total weight of .80 carats, 2 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .10 carats, and a baroque pearl drop. The pendant shows an emergent woman with flowing hair and outstretched arms in a euphoric opium-induced state. (Art Nouveau chain not original to the piece.)Pictured in Masterpieces of French Jewelry, by Judith Price, Running Press, 2006, page 48.Pictured in Henri Vever French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Thames Hudson, 2001, page 1110
|Signed: “L Gautrait” and Makers mark French control mark|
|Dimensions: 3 1/2 inches in length x 2 1/4 inches at the widest|
|Item #: PT-16445|
|Price: Price on Request. 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 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 carats, 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 height 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 and pearls by Masriera. The pendant brooch has an old European-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .07 carats, and a freshwater pearl drop of approximately 6 x 5 mm. The pendant depicts a maiden emerging among flowers. (New chain added.) "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 grade. There are 3 articulated South Sea pearls measuring 13.5 mm, 13.3 mm and 12.5 mm that finish 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|