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    Sale 1418

    Geneva Magnificent Jewels

    15 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 22

    A MULTI-GEM, DIAMOND AND GOLD BIRD BROOCH, BY STERLÉ

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    A MULTI-GEM, DIAMOND AND GOLD BIRD BROOCH, BY STERLÉ
    Designed as a stylised bird, the carved emerald and turquoise body enhanced by ruby accents, to the pavé-set diamond head, ruby eye and gold beak, with articulated gold tassel tail, 1960s, 11.0 cm, with French assay marks for gold
    Signed Sterlé Paris and with maker's mark, no. 8364


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    Post Lot Text

    Pierre Sterlé was born in 1905 into a family of financiers. After his father’s death during World War I, he was placed under the guardianship of his uncle, a jeweller, who taught him the rudiments of the trade. In 1934, he established his own business in Paris and, from 1934-39, he created jewellery for other houses such as Boucheron and Chaumet. He was the first jeweller invited to the Biennale des Antiquaires. The firm remained open until 1976 when Chaumet bought the stock, and Pierre Sterlé became an artistic advisor.
    Sterlé’s jewels are known for their innovative workmanship and creative use of gemstones; flora and fauna being the house’s main inspiration. One of their most celebrated design is birds, all created with amazing fantasy and never-seen-before movement. Lot 22 exemplifies the strength of design that made Sterlé famous and is an iconic jewel of this inspirational firm.