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|
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 French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels. The 'Two Feathers' brooch has 41 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.35 carats, G/H color, VS clarity.This brooch was first introduced in 1954 and has become an iconic piece for Van Cleef & Arpels.Similar pictured in Set in Style The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, by Sarah D. Coffin, with contributions by Suzy Menkes (and) Ruth Peltason, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, 2011, page 221 (Similar). The pictured 'Two Feathers' brooch is made in platinum, Mystery-set sapphires and diamonds, Circa 1954.
|Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels|
|Signed: “Van Cleef Et Arpels”|
|Dimensions: 3-7/8" length x 1-3/4" width|
|Item #: BO-16717|
|Price: $29,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A French Mid-Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with diamonds, sapphires and rubies by Mauboussin. The whimsical bird brooch has 62 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.40 carats, 16 blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of .75 carat and 5 rubies with an approximate total weight of .23 carat decorating the head, tail and the flowers of the brooch.
|Signed: “Mauboussin Paris”|
|Dimensions: 1-3/4'' length x 2-5/16'' width|
|Item #: BO-14766|
|Price: $11,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An Antique 18 karat gold butterfly brooch with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. The dimensional butterfly brooch centers on an old European-cut diamond with an approximate weight of 1.00 carat. The brooch has an additional 82 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats. The brooch is further detailed with 7 bezel set emeralds with an approximate total weight of .45 carat, 7 bezel set rubies with an approximate total weight of .45 carat, and 2 bezel set sapphires with an approximate total weight of .20 carat. The brooch has ruby set knife wire antenna.
|Dimensions: 1-3/8'' length x 1-5/8'' width|
|Item #: BO-18502|
|Price: $15,000 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
A Mid-20th Century 18 karat and platinum gold 'Hawaii' brooch with diamonds, rubies and sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch has 15 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.35 carats, 10 round rubies with an approximate total weight of 1.00 carat, and 36 round sapphires with an approximate total weight of 4.00 carats. The brooch is designed in a stylized flower motif.Van Cleef & Arpels Certificate of Authenticity, "According to a visual appraisal and to the Van Cleef & Arpels Archives, the item illustrated and described below bearing the engraved numbers NY22818.2...the item illustrated and described has been identified as a Van Cleef & Arpels creation." "A 'Hawaii' clip set with round diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Mounted in platinum, yellow gold and whilte gold. 1954."
|Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels|
|Signed: "22818.2" "18K' Partial signature.|
|Dimensions: 2-3/4'' length x 1-1/4'' width|
|Item #: BO-18600|
|Price: $17,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
An English Edwardian silver top/18 karat gold brooch with diamonds. The 'Halley's Comet' brooch is composed of bezel set rose and old mine cut diamonds they have the approximate total weight of 1.05 carats. The head, or nucleus, of the comet is a classic 8 pointed star; the tail is composed of 7 diamond set knife wires extending from the nucleus. "Halley's Comet was named after Sir Edmund Halley, the royal astronomer. He formed a view that all of the sightings between 1531 and 1682 were actually one single comet, which circled the sun every 75-76 years. Halley predicted that it would return again in 1759 and, when it did, it received its name. During the Victorian era, Halley's Comet pins remained popular, due in part to the Victorians love of astronomy and celestial motifs - including shooting stars and all styles of crescent moons.When the next sighting took place in 1910, Edwardian jewellers created brooches that featured less ornate gold work and concentrated on more complex, yet streamlined, heads and tails, either laden with diamonds, sapphires and rubies..." Beth Bernstein in The Jewellery Editor.
|Dimensions: 3'' length x 1-1/2'' width|
|Item #: BO-18439|
|Price: $8,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|