AN ART DECO RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND ELEPHANT BROOCH, BY RENÉ BOIVIN
PROPERTY FROM THE BLAIR FAMILY COLLECTION
AN ART DECO RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND ELEPHANT BROOCH, BY RENÉ BOIVIN

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AN ART DECO RUBY, EMERALD AND DIAMOND ELEPHANT BROOCH, BY RENÉ BOIVIN
Designed as an old-cut diamond elephant, with calibré-cut ruby and cabochon emerald headdress, onyx eye, calibré-cut ruby and emerald bead saddle and calibré-cut emerald and cabochon ruby anklets, to the old-cut diamond tree with carved ruby leaves and emerald bead fruit, 1939, 3 1/2 ins., with French assay marks for platinum
With maker's mark (partially obscured)
Accompanied by a copy of a two page receipt from René Boivin
Provenance
Purchased from Rene Boivin, 1 August 1939, for 18,000 Francs
Post lot text
Mrs. Blair notes in her hand on the receipt "remaking & resetting bracelet of rubies, diamonds and emeralds into elephant". According to family archives, the Blairs had ordered a carved ruby, emerald bead and diamond tutti frutti bracelet from Cartier in 1932. As fashion changed, we assume that Mrs. Blair had this bracelet dismantled and reset into various pieces of jewelry, including the present elephant brooch from Boivin.

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