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    Sale 7606

    The London Sale, Jewels

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 101

    A FINE BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND CORSAGE ORNAMENT, BY CHAUMET

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A FINE BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND CORSAGE ORNAMENT, BY CHAUMET
    The central heart-shaped diamond weighing 5.48 carats suspended within a twin 'L' monogram mounted with old-cut diamonds to the collet border and wreath surround suspending two pear-shaped diamonds, with pavé-set diamond floral spray sides, converts to form three brooches, adapted, circa 1905, 18.0 cm wide
    Accompanied by report No. 184776 dated 22 April 2008 from the Laboratoire Français de Gemmologie (CCIP) stating that the heart-shaped diamond is E colour, SI1 clarity


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    Founded in the late 18th century, the jeweller Chaumet is renowned for fine design and quality, having provided jewels for the fashionable aristocracy and historic figures such as Napoleon and the Duchesse de Berry. This Garland style jewel with twin 'L' monogram was commissioned from Chaumet by Juan Antonio de Beistegui for his wife Dolores (Lolita) de Yturbe (1871-1939), also known as 'La Belle Mexicaine'. Many of Lolita's jewels were made by Chaumet and Cartier in the early 20th century and include this distinctive monogram. Juan Antonio and his wife divided their time between Paris, their elegant Villa Fal in Biarritz as well as Madrid, where he was the Mexican Ambassador.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE