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    Sale 1418

    Geneva Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 66

    A BELLE ÉPOQUE DIAMOND BROOCH, BY MUSY

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    A BELLE ÉPOQUE DIAMOND BROOCH, BY MUSY
    Designed as a triple loop bow, set throughout with old-cut diamonds and suspending three larger old-cut diamonds, the central one weighing approximately 14.75 carats, circa 1910, 6.5 cm
    Signed Musy Torino
    Accompanied by report no. 5171634613 dated 16 May 2016 from the GIA Gemological Institute of America stating that the largest diamond is J colour, VS2 clarity.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ITALIAN FAMILY


    Post Lot Text

    This brooch is a wonderful example of the exceptional craftsmanship of Musy. The Musy family are descendant from a long line of Turinese jewellers and watchmakers. Giacomo Musy opened a workshop in 1707 and was later appointed a Savoia court jeweller by Ludovico Vittorio, Prince Carignano (1721-1778). The jewellery house famously created the tiara of Queen Margherita of Italy in 1904, a chef-d’oeuvre described as ‘one of the most versatile diadems in any royal family’s arsenal’ (illustrated below). The firm is still in existence.