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  • Literature

    Van Cleef & Arpels: The Poetry of Time by Michels Serres, Jean-Claude Sabrier, Sharon Kerman, Guy De Peslouan, page 138-139.

  • 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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Property of a Lady

95

A Retro Sapphire, Diamond, and Gold 'Feuilles' Suite

1950
Comprising a bracelet designed as three leaf motifs set with circular-cut sapphires, enhanced by circular-cut diamond accents, the center leaf opening to reveal a watch of mechanical movement; a pair of similarly designed brooches en suite; mounted in 18K yellow gold, bracelet length 6 inches, brooch length 7/8 inch each.
Bracelet and brooches signed 'Van Cleef & Arpels NY', bracelet no.16805; brooches no.14830;
Watch movement signed 'Vacheron Constantin'

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $35,000

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Nazgol Jahan
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Jewels

New York Auction 17 June 2016