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  • Literature

    Verdura The Life and Work of a Master Jeweler by Patricia Corbett, page 165
    Verdura's "New York Style", 2012 catalog, page 59

  • Artist Biography



    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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A Unique Gold, Platinum, Emerald, and Multi-Gem 'Kissing Blackamoor' Brooch

Designed as two blackamoors with carved onyx heads, wearing garbs, headpieces, and jewels of polished gold, baroque pearls, seed pearls, circular-cut rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, suspending a pear-shaped emerald drop weighing approximately 16.00 carats, mounted in 18K yellow gold and platinum, length 2 3/4 inches.
Signed 'Verdura', with French assay marks

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $52,500

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