From Boucheron, Cartier and Van Ceef & Arpels in the 1920s, to JAR in 2001, cuff bracelets or 'manchette' have been a bold creation of the finest jewellery houses and a daring statement for any woman. The pair of magnificent diamond cuff bracelets offered as lot 603, with approximately 250 carats of fine quality diamonds, represents the skilled workmanship and striking design from the renowned house of Tabbah.
The Tabbah family business was initially established in the 17th century as a producer of fine patterned silk. In 1862 the jewellery house was founded in Beirut under the direction of Bechara Tabbah and today, under the auspices of the fourth and fifth generations, holds an international reputation for opulent diamond jewels of outstanding quality.
As if paying tribute to the original Tabbah family roots, this beautiful pair of ribbon-link diamond cuffs is an impressive and historically apt creation.
Cf. Christie's Geneva, 13 November 1995, lot 621 for an example by Cartier
Cf. Van Cleef & Arpels, Editions Paris Musées, 1992, p.138, plate 36
Cf. The Jewels of JAR Exhibition Catalogue, 2003, plate 31
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE
AN IMPRESSIVE PAIR OF DIAMOND CUFF BRACELETS, BY TABBAH
Each designed as a tapered overlapping ribbon of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in 18k white gold, 5.5 cm diameter, with French assay marks for gold, with maroon leather Tabbah case
Signed Tabbah (2)
Christie's Geneva, Superb Jewels from a Private Collection, 19 November 1996, lot 140