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    Sale 2061

    New York Jewels

    11 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    AN ONYX AND MULTI-GEM MALTESE CROSS BRACELET, BY VERDURA

    Price Realised  

    AN ONYX AND MULTI-GEM MALTESE CROSS BRACELET, BY VERDURA
    Designed as a wide onyx cuff centering upon a polished and matte-finished 18k gold Maltese Cross, set with cabochon sapphires and rubies and bezel-set diamonds and cultured pearls, 2 ins. diameter, in a Verdura blue leather case
    Signed Verdura


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    Post Lot Text

    In the late 1920s, Chanel and Fulco di Verdura set out on a European tour, hoping for fresh inspiration. They visited fine jewelry museum collections and exhibitions and emerged from the tour excited about the recurring Byzantine pattern they saw. Soon after, Fulco created his revolutionary and now legendary brooch motifs, combining precious and semi-precious gemstones in asymmetrical patterns with different colors of gold. Fulco was eventually inspired to mount the brooches on a pair of cuffs he crafted for Chanel, thus defining the signature look she is most notably remembered by, and Verdura's signature motif, the Maltese Cross, came to be.