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    • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

An Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Brooch Component

Old European-, old mine-, single-, and table-cut diamonds
Signed, with maker’s mark, with French assay mark
Platinum, length approximately 1.55 inches

Literature: Cf. page 179 Van Cleef & Arpels by Sylvie Raulet, 1986.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$16,000 - 24,000 

Sold for $11,970

Contact Specialist

Susan Abeles
Head of Department, Americas and Senior International Specialist
New York
+1 212 940 1383

Jewels

New York Auction 7 December 2020