DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
2 More
DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND BROOCH
5 More
Property from the Estate of Pamela Armour Hull, Lake Forest, Illinois
DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND BROOCH

Details
DREICER & CO. ART DECO SAPPHIRE, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND BROOCH
Oval mixed-cut sapphire, blue enamel, old and single-cut diamonds, platinum and yellow gold, circa 1920, signed Dreicer & Co.

AGL, 2020, report no. 1107616: Ceylon, no gemological evidence of heat, clarity enhancement: none

Size/Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.4 cm (1 7/8 x 1 3/8 in)
Gross Weight: 71.1 grams
Sale room notice
Please note that the calibré-cut surround is blue enamel, not sapphires as stated in the printed catalogue.

Brought to you by

Daphne Lingon
Daphne Lingon Head of Jewellery Department, Americas

Lot Essay

Dreicer & Co.

Founded by Jacob Dreicer and his wife, Gittel, Dreicer & Co. was at one point in time considered one of the finest jewelers in the world. Maintaining shops on Fifth Avenue in New York, the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, and Palm Beach, Dreicer modeled its stores after luxurious French salons. The firm's high quality craftsmanship attracted a wide range of clientele from actresses and socialites to First Ladies and European royalty. Although in existence only briefly, from the late nineteenth century until the 1920s, Dreicer & Co. rivaled great houses such as Cartier and Tiffany & Co. until the founder's sudden and unexpected death. A testament to the firm's quality, Cartier purchased Dreicer's remaining stock in 1924.

Pamela Armour Hull

Pamela Hull was the granddaughter of Stanley Field, longtime head of the eponymous Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and nephew of Marshall Field of department store fame. A descendant of two Chicago legends, Pamela was a lifelong resident of the nearby suburb Lake Forest.

A devoted Anglophile, Pamela had a great fondness for English-style gardening and would often open her own garden to visitors with ticket sales benefiting the Lake Forest Garden Club. As an adult, Pamela did coursework at the Attingham School in Shropshire, England, a program which focused not only on the restoration and interpretation of historic houses, but also on their vast holdings of pictures, pottery, books and metalwork. A testament to her skill, Pamela's garden was accepted into The Garden Club of America's Archives of American Gardens Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

A stalwart member of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago, a support group dedicated to acquiring American and European decorative arts for the museum, Pamela developed a passion and expertise for porcelain, with Chinese Export holding pride of place in her interests. As collectors do, she turned to dealing to share her passion and make room for new acquisitions.

Pamela’s love of jewelry was genuine and longstanding. An elegant hostess, Pamela was warm and genuinely interested in meeting the next generation of garden and antique devotees. Christie’s is honored to present this small legacy of her connoisseurship to the next generation of jewelry collectors.
;

More from Magnificent Jewels

View All
View All