• Jewels: The New York Sale, wit auction at Christies

    Sale 2306

    Jewels: The New York Sale, with The Catherine the Great Emerald Brooch and The Emperor Maximilian Diamond

    22 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 186

    A MULTI-GEM, GOLD AND ENAMEL "DAUPHIN" BROOCH, BY JEAN SCHLUMBERGER, TIFFANY & CO.

    Price Realised  

    A MULTI-GEM, GOLD AND ENAMEL "DAUPHIN" BROOCH, BY JEAN SCHLUMBERGER, TIFFANY & CO.
    Designed as a circular-cut peridot and cabochon turquoise body with bezel-set cabochon ruby eyes, a polished gold head, tail and fins, holding a red enamel starfish, mounted in gold, 1960
    Signed Tiffany, Schlumberger


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    Jean Schlumberger (1907-1987), who designed for Tiffany & Co. in the mid 20th century, became noted for his naturalistic and whimsical designs. Always looking for the unique in the mundane, his designs offer a glimpse into a remarkable imagination where jewel-encrusted flora and fauna depict a world of glamorous Surrealism. Most of all, Schlumberger drew inspiration from the sea, from oceanic creatures and plants, with their fantastic feel of the surreal or prehistoric. During the height of his career at Tiffany, Schlumberger's designs were worn by 20th-century icons such as Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Onassis.

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