• Jewels : The Geneva Sale auction at Christies

    Sale 1371

    Jewels : The Geneva Sale

    18 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 195

    **A BELLE EPOQUE PEARL AND DIAMOND TIARA, BY FONTENAY

    Price Realised  

    **A BELLE EPOQUE PEARL AND DIAMOND TIARA, BY FONTENAY
    In the Garland Style, designed as a series of interlaced millegrain-set old and rose-cut diamond festoons surmounted by alternating diamond and natural pearl trefoil motifs, to a detachable tortoiseshell comb, circa 1905, 15.0 cm long, in original fitted pink leather case stamped Fontenay Smets Succr. 19. Place du Marché St. Honoré

    Please note that the pearls have not been tested for natural origin
    By Fontenay


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    From a line of respected Parisien jewellers, Eugene Fontenay established his own business in Paris in 1847, moving address to place du Marché Saint-Honoré in 1858 and quickly gaining a reputation as a leading revivalist designer and craftsman. Dating to the early twentieth century and the new style of Belle poque design, the fitted case, stamped Fontenay Smets Succ[esseu]r refers to the handing over of the business by Fontenay in 1882 to his workshop supervisor, Henri Smets, while Fontenay himself concentrated on writing his Bijoux Anciens et Modernes.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.