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  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most well-known lion designs from Van Cleef & Arpels was argubly the lion ébouriffé clip brooch from the La Boutique collection. First launched in 1954, it featured different animals in a playful cartoon style and remained popular among aficionados. This necklace, featuring two opposing lion heads, bears a close resemblance to an opulent lion barquerolles choker gifted by Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor in 1971, both rendered the king of the beasts realistically with an open jaw and emerald-set green eyes, their magnificent manes carved out of yellow gold and highlighted with brilliant diamonds.

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels


    When Alfred Van Cleef and Estelle Arpels fell in love, their marriage paved the way for iconic jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels to become a symbol of unification. With their background in precious stone dealing, the Arpels found their perfect match in the Van Cleefs, a family of expert stonecutters. In 1906, Estelle's brother Charles established the company name with Alfred's help and opened shop in the Place Vendôme in Paris. To this day, this Parisian neighborhood is associated with turn-of-the-century luxury.

    The Van Cleef & Arpels aesthetic has always had its finger on the pulse of worldwide trends: For example, the house took inspiration from Tutankhamen upon the Egyptian king's discovery in the 1920s, which spurred a global phenomenon marrying Egyptian Revival and Art Deco motifs. Over the decades, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced intricate watches, earrings and necklaces with a signature elegance that mirrors contemporary tastes. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A Cultured Pearl, Emerald and Diamond 'Lion's-head' Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

Signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered NY57717
Maximum length approximately 405mm

HK$120,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$93,750

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

Jewels and Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018