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    Sale 1360

    Property of a Distinguished European Collector

    20 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 1110

    A RETRO GOLD AND RUBY NECKLACE AND A PAIR OF CUFFLINKS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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    A RETRO GOLD AND RUBY NECKLACE AND A PAIR OF CUFFLINKS, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    The necklace set at the front with five detachable gold 'boule' motifs, each inlaid with circular-cut ruby stars, to the gold neckchain, circa 1950, 39.5 cm adjustable to 42.0 cm long, each boule 1.4 cm wide, with French assay mark for gold, in a Van Cleef & Arpels grey suede pouch; and a pair of cufflinks en suite, 3.0 cm long, in a Van Cleef & Arpels grey suede pouch
    Necklace signed Van Cleef & Arpels no. 2638 CS, boules signed Van Cleef & Arpels or V.C.A. for Van Cleef & Arpels nos. 58772 or 58773, cufflinks signed Van Cleef & Arpels no. 58820 (2)


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    The archives of Van Cleef & Arpels state that both the pair of cufflinks and the five button brooch clips were made in 1948. Given their grouping, it is quite possible that the boule motifs clips were designed to be worn either as a devant de corsage - a group of lady's brooches - or as boutons de plastron - a set of gentleman's dress studs. The ingenious addition, in 1951, of a special necklace to attach these buttons was a unique 'Commande Speciale'. There does not appear to be a record of anything similar in the archives. VC&A are renowned for their 'metamorphic' versatile jewels and this set excels as a very sophisticated and unusual, if not unique, example of brooch clips, dress clips and necklace all combined.