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  • Catalogue Essay

    Prior to founding the House of Verdura in 1939, Duke Fulco di Verdura worked as a jeweller for Coco Chanel and Paul Flato, creating some of the most iconic jewellery in the 20th century, such as the Maltese cross bangle that was Coco Chanel’s favourite jewel. Verdura was known for his talent in mix and matching, instinctively bringing colourful gemstones together with shells and wood in innovative and memorable designs.

  • Artist Biography

    Verdura

    American

    Duke Fulco di Verdura was born into an aristocratic family in the late nineteenth century and quickly became a man with a vast imagination. Raised in a world of fairy tale-themed costume parties, Verdura conceptualized jewelry inspired by the animal aesthetics from his lavish childhood.

    With a youthful, refreshing approach to jewelry making and an international sensibility, Verdura prospered in the interwar years and capitalized on the wealth of tourists who visited Venice and Palermo. He caught the attention of Cole Porter, who became a long-lasting patron and appreciated the value in Verdura's diamond, gold, and pearl accessories.

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542

A Pair of Coral and Diamond Pendent Ear-clips, Verdura

Signed Verdura

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 200,000 
$19,000-25,000

Sold for HK$187,500

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

Jewels & Jadeite

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019