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  • Provenance

    Christies New York, December 2016, lot 263

  • Catalogue Essay

    The marquise shape cutting style originated allegedly from the French court in the 18th century. Legend has it that King Louis XV commissioned the court jewellers to fashion a diamond resembling the irresistible lips of one of his most famous royal mistresses, Marquise de Pompadour. Rumoured to be uncommonly pretty even when she was a child, Marquise de Pompadour’s beauty was equally matched by her wits and talent.

  • Artist Biography

    Van Cleef & Arpels

    French

    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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A Fine Diamond Ring, Van Cleef & Arpels

Size 6¾

Estimate
HK$2,900,000 - 3,500,000 
$370,000-450,000

Sold for HK$3,625,000

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

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019