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    Sale 2253

    Superb 20th Century Jewels from an American Collection

    15 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1081

    A SUITE OF RETRO BLUE AND YELLOW SAPPHIRE, RUBY AND GOLD "PASSE-PARTOUT" JEWELRY, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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    A SUITE OF RETRO BLUE AND YELLOW SAPPHIRE, RUBY AND GOLD "PASSE-PARTOUT" JEWELRY, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
    Comprising a choker necklace, the front set with three detachable flowers, each designed as circular-cut ruby cluster pistils, extending cushion-cut blue or yellow sapphire petals, with sculpted gold leaves and circular-cut ruby accents, to the gold snake link band; and a pair of ear clips en suite, circa 1940, necklace 14¼ ins., (accompanied by a contemporary 18k gold bangle of later addition, 2¼ ins. diameter), (flowers detach to be worn as brooches or attached to bangle, ear clips may be attached to necklace), necklace and two flowers with French assay marks, in a Van Cleef & Arpels black leather case and light green silk pouch
    Necklace signed Van Cleef & Arpels, N.Y., no. 19062; one flower brooch signed V.C.A. for Van Cleef & Arpels, N.Y., no. 19062; ear clips signed Van Cleef & Arpels, N.Y., no. 1142 (4)


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    Cf. Marc Petit, Van Cleef & Arpels: Reflections of Eternity, Editions Cercle d'Art, Paris, 2006, plate nos. 204-206

    Cf. Suzanne Tennenbaum and Janet Zapata, Jeweled Garden: A Colorful History of Gems, Jewels and Nature, The Vendome Press, New York, 2006, page 121

    Cf. Palais Galliera, Van Cleef & Arpels, Diffusion Paris Musées, Paris, 1992, pages 104 and 109