• Jewels: The New York Sale & Th auction at Christies

    Sale 2211

    Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond

    21 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 81

    A RARE "MYSTERY-SET" RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

    Price Realised  

    A RARE "MYSTERY-SET" RUBY AND DIAMOND BROOCH, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    Designed as two calibré-cut ruby laurel leaves, enhanced by calibré-cut diamond stems, mounted in platinum and 18k gold, 1936, with French assay marks and maker's marks, in a Garrard blue leather fitted case
    Signed Van Cleef & Arpels, no. 45504


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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    Van Cleef & Arpels, Diffusion Paris-Musées, Paris, 1992, page 80


    Post Lot Text

    According to Van Cleef & Arpels, this brooch was made in the Langlois workshop in Paris. This was the only Van Cleef & Arpels workshop which specialized in mystery-set jewelry from the 1930s.