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  • Catalogue Essay

    Historical events and technology advancement were among the prominent factors that shaped how jewellery were designed and perceived in the 20th century. Emancipation brought about a radical change in women fashion after the First World War which led to new ideas for adornments, jewellery included.
    For Mauboussin, a French Maison established in late 19th century that developed into a respectable operation with salons in Paris, New York, London, as well as Buenos Aires, the 1920’s was deniably the most important chapter in its history. During that time, the number of staffs went from 38 to 152 within a short seven years, and Mauboussin was awarded a major prize at the French Exhibition in New York in 1924, followed by a gold medal at the 1925 Exposition des Art Décoratifs in Paris.
    Jewellery created by Mauboussin in this era is undeniably the most collectible, and this very necklace presents all the attributes characteristic of jewellery from that period. The planar geometry is unmistakably Art Deco, the use of carved coloured gemstones in the form of foliate motifs and fluted beads exudes exoticism and fascination with the Far East; the pendant of giardinetto motif testifies to the resurgence of the 17th century design in the 1920’s. In addition, sleeveless gowns with low waistline and boyish haircuts championed sautoir necklaces anchored by large pendants just like this one. Its versatility – the necklace is convertible to four bracelets – also reflects the lavish fashion of wearing multiple bracelets at that time.
    Preserved in its spectacular original condition, this necklace is a creation at the pinnacle of Mauboussin’s most glorious years and arguably one of the most collectible and precious.

617

A Unique Art Deco Gem-set and Diamond Sautoir Necklace, Mauboussin, Circa 1929

Mauboussin, unsigned
Necklace maximum length approximately 700mm
Bracelets length approximately 170 to 175mm each

Estimate
HK$4,300,000 - 5,800,000 
$550,000-750,000

Contact Specialist
Terry Chu
Head of Jewellery, Asia, Senior Director
+852 2318 2038

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019