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    Sale 2177

    New York Jewels

    11 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 76

    A LAPIS LAZULI, COLORED DIAMOND AND GOLD "BIRD ON A ROCK" PENDANT NECKLACE, BY JEAN SCHLUMBERGER, TIFFANY & CO.

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    A LAPIS LAZULI, COLORED DIAMOND AND GOLD "BIRD ON A ROCK" PENDANT NECKLACE, BY JEAN SCHLUMBERGER, TIFFANY & CO.
    Suspending a detachable pendant, designed as a circular-cut diamond and yellow diamond bird, with a circular-cut emerald eye and gold head feathers, beak, legs and feet, perched on a rectangular cabochon lapis lazuli, from an 18k gold oval link necklace, mounted in 18k gold and platinum, 42 ins., chain with French assay marks and maker's mark (indistinct), (pendant may also be worn as a brooch)
    Pendant signed Schlumberger for Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany (2)


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    Cf. Bizot, Chantal, The Jewels of Jean Schlumberger, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001, page 70

    Cf. John Loring, Tiffany's 20th Century: A Portrait of American Style, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997, cover

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    Post Lot Text

    Jean Schlumberger created the original design of the "Bird on a Rock" brooch in the 1960s to hold the Tiffany Diamond, weighing approximately 128.54 carats. The diamond bird holding the cushion-cut fancy yellow diamond is still exhibited at Tiffany & Co.'s Fifth Avenue store in New York.