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    Sale 2121

    RARE JEWELS AND GEMSTONES: THE EYE OF A CONNOISSEUR(CANCEL)

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1112

    A DIAMOND "ZORINA" BALLERINA BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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    A DIAMOND "ZORINA" BALLERINA BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    Designed as a platinum arabesque ballerina depicting Vera Zorina with a rose-cut diamond head and circular-cut sapphire headbead, to the circular-cut diamond top and rose-cut diamond tutu accented by sapphires, mounted in platinum, circa 1944
    Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, N.Y., no. 5758


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    Post Lot Text

    This brooch was designed by Maurice Duvalet for Van Cleef & Arpels in 1944.

    George Balanchine gave this ballerina portrait brooch to his wife Zorina around 1944. A famous Ballet Russe dancer in the 1930's, Vera Zorina made the transition to the popular stage in London, premiering in the 1938 American musical comedy, On Your Toes. Later, the producer Sam Goldwyn cast her in his 1938 film, The Goldwyn Follies. She appeared simultaneously on Broadway in her husband's acclaimed ballets. Zorina later married Goddard Lieberson, president of Columbia Records.