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|
A Mid-20th Century platinum brooch with diamonds and blue sapphires by Van Cleef & Arpels. The "Camellia" brooch has 113 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 10.00 carats, G/H color, VS clarity, and 40 round & oval cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 22.00 carats. The sapphires are most likely of Burma origin. "At the same time as the Indian influence a rather more classical vein was still found in earrings such as the Camellia clips (and brooches), leaves composed of bead and prong-set rubies (and sapphires) and diamonds." Evelyne Possémé in the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition catalogues.Pictured with rubies and diamonds as earrings in Van Cleef & Arpels L'Art De La Haute Joaillerie, by Evelyne Possémé, Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, page 187.
|Artist: Van Cleef & Arpels|
|Signed: Van Cleef & Arpels N.Y. 40223|
|Dimensions: 2-1/4'' length x 2'' width|
|Item #: BO-18248|
|Price: Price on Request. Call (212) 644-6400|
An American Retro 14 karat gold brooch with peridots, pink sapphires and amethyst by Raymond Yard. The brooch has 20 mixed cuts peridots with an approximate total weight of 8.00 carats, a 6 mixed cuts pink sapphires with an approximate total weight of 1.80 carats, a cabochon amethyst with an approximate total weight of .50 carats. The brooch is designed in a highly stylized Retro flower motif. Similar pictured in Yard The Life and Magnificent Jewelry of Raymond C. Yard, by Natasha Kuzmanovic, the Vendome Press, 2007, page 221, Plate 316.
|Artist: Raymond Yard|
|Signed: "Yard 01541"|
|Dimensions: 3-1/4'' length x 2'' width|
|Item #: BO-18361|
|Price: $12,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|
French Mid-1940's to 1950's Moonstone Sapphire Ruby Diamond and Gold Flowering Branch Brooch Attributed to John Rubel
A Mid-20th Century French 18 karat gold brooch with moonstones, sapphires, rubies and diamonds attributed to John Rubel Paris. The brooch has 60 oval cabochon moonstones with an approximate total weight of 45.00 carats, 40 round-cut sapphires with an approximate total weight of 2.40 carats, 44 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 2.60 carats, and 23 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.05 carats. The sizable brooch is designed as a flowering branch. With documentation of this brooch, made with different gem stones by John Rubel."This piece (in coral, turquoises and diamonds), produced in 1945, is inspired by nature like many of Rubel's pieces in that period." From the John Rubel website.
|Artist: John Rubel (attributed to)|
|Circa: Mid 1940's-1950's|
|Dimensions: 4'' length x 4'' width|
|Item #: BO-18501|
|Price: $32,500 – Call: (212) 644-6400|