29 April 1997
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN ART DECO JADEITE, LAPIS LAZULI AND DIAMOND CIGARETTE BOX, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Of pale apple green jadeite, with an antique, apple green plaque, pierced and carved with a qilin with magical vapours emanating from its mouth, the cloud containing a scroll, suggesting a wish for scholarly success, to the lapis lazuli and baguette-cut diamond terminals and diamond-set pushpiece, plaque Qing dynasty, circa 1925, probably reduced from a larger box
Signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, no. 31298
Box 107.2 x 77.8 x 36.5 mm.
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