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Christie's to highlight several private collections in Jewellery sale
Collier Topazes et Diamants. JAR. Estimate: 130.000/150.000€. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

PARIS.- On 13 June, Christie’s will offer a Jewellery sale that will highlight several private collections, including 280 lots with a global estimate around €3,500,000.

The Jewellery department will present a collection gathering jewels exclusively coming from the Place Vendôme, representing the icons of the collections of the 1980s. The masterpiece is a Cartier plastron necklace, estimated at €200,000-300,000. This collection includes also a whole group of jewels many of which refer to the bestiary’s imagination. Violaine d’Astorg, Head of the Jewellery department chose to highlight this theme within jewellery, the opportunity to show the know-how of the great creators in this field and real technical prowess, such as this beautiful brooch representing a rooster, set with sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, executed by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Violaine d’Astorg, Head of the Jewellery department, says : “It is a pleasure to host a sale composed of such a wide range tracing the history of jewellery. The big names of the Place Vendôme will be illustrated through pieces with prestigious origins. The sale also includes the work of fabulous creators such as Joël Arthur Rosenthal (JAR) for contemporary creation and its precursors with Suzanne Belperron and René Boivin. We are looking forward to the appreciation of our collectors who are seeking the type of objects we have selected for them in the last six months.”

The other remarkable collections include Aimée Crocker’s one, born Amy Isabella Crocker in Sacramento in 1864. She is well known for being one of the most famous women of her time. Rich heiress of an American bourgeois family, founder of the railroads in the United States, she has from a young age a taste for adventure. In an autobiography And I’d do it again, she mentions her friendships with the artists such as Oscar Wilde, her love affairs with crowned heads of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as her travels in the Far East from which she brings back curiosities that earned her the title of “The Queen of Bohemia”. Her complex, astonishing, rich, exuberant and cosmopolitan life is reflected in her jewellery collection, consisting of two beautiful JANESICH necklaces, each valued at € 40,000-60,0000.

The sale will include a section dedicated to the brilliant creator JAR. Cutting-edge in his own way, long before his contemporary jewelers, JAR decides to reuse hard and semi-precious stones, as in the 19th century. “On the Place Vendôme, we rarely heard about topaz, spinel, amethyst, opal or pink tourmaline. Only the color counts, not the name”, writes Pierre Jeannet, in the JAR book’s afterword. The latter crimps in silver as in the early 1800 when this alloy was chosen for its neutral shade. Many collectors should be seduced by this beautiful necklace set in topaz and diamonds that embodies the jeweler’s style. Unique piece that took two years to gather all the topazes, it is estimated at €130,000-150,000. Five other items of the famous “Ready to wear” collection, in aluminum, made by the same creator, will be offered with their striking colors and a movement specific to the jeweler, magnifying the floral theme in jewellery like the “Violette” and “Eventail” earrings in carved aluminum, estimated respectively €3,000-5,000 and €3,000-4,000.

Finally, the Jewellery department also selected pieces gathering names of great French creators whom collectors are always looking for: René Boivin, Cartier, Boucheron, Suzanne Belperron or Mauboussin, with this remarkable Art Deco watch-bracelet made with finesse, upholstered with engraved rubies stylizing fish, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds evoking a boat with sails deployed. It is estimated at €50,000-80,000.

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