A.lain R. T.ruong

15 août 2014

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14 août 2014

LaCloche Paris Art Deco Amethyst Buddha Pin




LaCloche Paris Art Deco Amethyst Buddha Pin. Photo courtesy Bentley & Skinner

A LaCloche Art Deco amethyst buddha pin, the pin comprising a carved amethyst buddha, embellished with rose-cut diamond-set halo, centre and fleur-de-lis base, all set to a platinum mount and pin, signed LaCloche Freres, gross weight 6.6 grams, circa 1920. Price: $14,787.50

Bentley & Skinner. 55 Piccadilly, London, W1J ODX, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 2076 290 651

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Cindy Chao & Sarah Jessica Parker co-design 'Ballerina Butterfly' brooch to be auctioned at Sotheby's Hong Kong


The “Ballerina Butterfly” Brooch (Est. HK$6 – 7 million / US$750,000 – 950,000).

HONG KONG.- Contemporary fine jewelry artist Cindy Chao, globally recognized for her intricate designs of rare, colorful gemstones, has collaborated with actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist Sarah Jessica Parker on a singular jewelry creation. The 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch (Est. HK$6 – 7 million / US$750,000 – 950,000), co-designed by Chao and Parker, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale on 7 October. Net proceeds from its sale will benefit the New York City Ballet. 

Parker and Chao came to admire each other’s respective work as creative artists during Chao’s 2011 Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing. Their friendship and mutual respect led to discussions of a potential collaboration. It was decided during the opening of Chao’s boutique in Beijing in 2012, where Parker was an honorary guest, that the pair would combine their creative talents, working together to design a unique jewelry piece for charity. 

The Black Label “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch was completed with heart and soul over the course of two years, during which Parker and Chao held several design meetings, reviewed sketches, wax models and gemstones together. Chao began the creation process by building a wax model of the piece, as she does with all of her Black Label Masterpiece creations. The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch melds together Chao’s craftsmanship as one of the jewelry world’s premier artists along with Parker’s discerning eye for style and design. 

The resulting creation is the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch, constructed of a titanium and 18-karat gold body, featuring a cushion-cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26.27 carats, three rough brown diamond slices weighing 47.71 carats in total, three pieces of conch pearls weighing 7.25 carats in total, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and fancy-colored diamonds weighing 98.09 carats in total, completing the majesty of the Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly. The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch is inspired by the graceful beauty and elegance of ballet, displaying the sensibility, delicate structure, strength and mellifluous movement exhibited within a ballerina. The brooch can be worn either right-side up or upside-down to create two silhouettes of exceptional splendor. 

Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,” expresses Chao. “She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual Butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special in my heart.” The Black Label Masterpiece Butterflies are one of Chao’s coveted motifs and revered by collectors worldwide. Chao has designed a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly every year since 2008, symbolizing her metamorphosis as an artist. This year marks the tenth anniversary of CINDY CHAO The Art Jewel, lending great personal meaning to this Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly. The “Ballerina Butterfly” is Chao’s first art jewel collaboration, evoking a sense of infinite creative possibilities, portraying a passion for beauty, shared by both Chao and Parker. 

I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,” states Parker. “Cindy’s jewelry designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.” 

New York City Ballet is honored to be a part of this wonderful collaboration between Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao,” said NYCB’s Executive Director Katherine Brown. “As a member of our Board of Directors, Sarah Jessica has created a number of exciting initiatives to both build new audiences and generate philanthropic support. We are thrilled that she and Cindy have chosen to make NYCB the inspiration for and benefactor of the sale of this exquisite “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch.

QUEK Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery, Asia said, "Sotheby's is proud and honored to be part of this exciting project, intertwining bejeweled creativity and the Performance Arts with the world of art auction. In offering this unique ‘Ballerina Butterfly Brooch’ in Hong Kong, it undoubtedly becomes a global phenomenon." 

The “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch made its debut during Haute Couture week in Paris, July 7-10. It will travel throughout Asia before going to New York, where Chao and Parker will serve as Co-Chairs of the New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala on September 23, 2014. The brooch will then return to Hong Kong in October, prior to the auction. 


Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the Ballerina Butterfly Brooch..

13 août 2014

Yan Pei-Ming works at Massimo De Carlo Gallery


Yan Pei-Ming, Pope Innocent X no.3, 2013. Oil on canvas, 59 1/10 × 59 1/10 in, 150 × 150 cm©2014 Artsy


Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird I, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm©2014 Artsy


Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird II, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm©2014 Artsy


Yan Pei-Ming, Black Bird IX, 2013. Oil on canvas, 11 4/5 × 15 7/10 in, 30 × 40 cm©2014 Artsy


Yan Pei-Ming, The Other Bird - F16, 2013. Oil on canvas,, 44 9/10 × 76 4/5 in, 114 × 195 cm©2014 Artsy

Contact For Price. Massimo De CarloLondon: 00442072872005 - Milan: 00390270003987

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Mikimoto's Double Eight necklace


Mikimoto's Double Eight necklace is available from the pearl jeweller's New Bond Street Boutique and Harrods Fine Jewellery Room.


Celebrating luck and fortune, Mikimoto's Double Eight collection necklace features 88 perfectly matched cultured Akoya pearls.


The innovative clasp, which is made up of circles to form numerous number eights, means that Mikimoto's 88 necklace can be worn in a multitude of ways.

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Back on Song ceramics sold at Christie's, 17 September 2008, New York


A rare Jizhou splashed black-glazed bowl , Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Potted with rounded flaring sides rising from a knife-cut foot ring to a finger-grooved band below the lipped rim, the interior with recessed center boldly decorated with an irregular pattern of swirls of variegated russet and pale milky brown color reserved on the blackish-brown ground, the exterior similarly decorated; 6 5/16 in. (16 cm.) diam., box. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized: $30,000

Provenance: Acquired in Hong Kong in 1995.

NotesThe dramatic swirling decoration on this bowl was created by applying a slip in sweeping strokes atop the brown glaze on the interior and exterior before firing.
Jizhou bowl of similar shape with similar swirl decoration is illustrated by M. Sullivan, Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades in the Collection of Sir Alan and Lady Barlow, London, 1963, pl. 123d. See, also, the bowl sold at Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 2001, lot 79. 


A Jianyao 'Hare's Fur' tea bowl, Song dynasty, 12th-13th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

With deep conical sides, the interior and exterior covered in a lustrous black glaze finely streaked with silvery brown 'hare's fur' markings, thinning to dark brown at the rim and pooling in a line above the neatly cut foot to reveal the coarse ware fired to a dark purplish- brown color, with metal-bound rim; 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) diam. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000. Price Realized: $27,500 

ProvenanceAcquired in Berlin in the 1920s from Ernst Fritsche, a prominent German antique dealer.

NotesR. Mowry in Hare's Fur, Tortoiseshell, and Partridge Feathers: Chinese Brown- and Black-glazed Ceramics, 400-1400, Harvard University Art Museums, 1995, describes the creation of the 'hare's fur' markings on the surface of the glaze as particles in the iron-rich slip being pulled downward during firing.
This finely potted bowl is similar to one illustrated in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 10, Tokyo, 1955, pl. 61; and another included in the exhibition, Song ceramics from the Hans Popper collection, Eskenazi, London, 3 - 26 November 2005, 37. 


A rare lobed Guanyao vase , Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2008

Of Jiaotanxia type, the body of pear shape molded with eight lobes rising from the spreading foot of conforming outline and rising to a flared mouth rim, covered overall with a pale slightly bluish gray-green glaze suffused with golden crackle, the foot rim left unglazed allowing the grey ware to fire to a reddish brown; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) high, box  Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000Price Realized: $11,875 

ProvenanceNew York private collection since 1991.

NotesA very similar vase from the Jiaotanxia (Suburban Altar) site at Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and now in the Seattle Art Museum, is illustrated by Trubner et. al., in the catalogue, Asiatic Art in the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 1973, p. 167, no. 121. Compare, also, the Jiaotanxia Guanyao vase of this form illustrated by Hasebe in Sekai toji zenshu, vol. 12, Tokyo, 1977, p. 225, fig. 79.



A Dingyao carved petal-lobed dish, Northern Song dynasty, 11th-12th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

With slightly rounded, widely flared sides applied in slip on the interior with six narrow ribs rising to six corresponding notches in the rim, the center carved with a lotus spray, covered inside and out with a glaze of ivory tone falling in olive-green tears on the exterior and continuing over the foot to cover the base, the rim unglazed; 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) diam. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000Price Realized: $10,625 

ProvenanceAcquired prior to 1985. 

Notes: A Ding ware dish of this shape, similarly carved with a lotus sprig in the center and applied with thin ribs of slip, and formerly in the Heeramaneck Collection, is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung Ceramic Designs, London, 1979, pl. 58c. This dish, unlike the present example, has a metal-bound rim. 


A Yaozhou celadon foliate bowl, Northern Song dynasty, 11th centuryPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2008

The deep, flaring sides divided by deep notches and rising towards the everted rim with six out-turned petal lobes, covered overall with a glaze of greyish-olive color; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) diam. Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000Price Realized: $6,875 

Notes: Compare the very similar Yaozhou celadon bowl of this form in The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, illustrated in Masterpieces of Yaozhou Ware, Osaka, 1997, p. 25, no. 26. 

Christie's. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

Chopard Red Carpet Collection at flagship store on New Bond Street and the brand's boutiques in Selfridges and Harrods.


Chopard Red Carpet Collection earrings featuring pear-shaped rubellites surrounded by diamonds, set in rose gold (£POA).


Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace with black diamonds, sapphires and spinels set in white gold (£POA).


Chopard Red Carpet Collection earrings with cabochon rubies surrounded by diamonds, set in white gold (£POA).


Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond earrings in white gold (£POA).


Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace with pear-shaped rubies forming flowers and diamonds set in white gold (£POA).



Chopard Red Carpet Collection necklace featuring rubellites, rubies and diamonds set in rose gold (£POA).


Chopard Red Carpet Collection ring with a central 11ct oval-shaped ruby set in rose gold and diamonds (£POA).

Friedemann Bühler Wooden Vessels


Friedemann Bühler, Vase shaped vessel, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker. 


Friedemann Bühler, Tall vessel, bleached ash, brushed surface. Photo by Richard Becker


Friedemann Bühler, Tall vase shaped vessel, bleached ash, brushed surface. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Bowl, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Cut-in bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Tall jagged edged vessel, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Open bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Tall vessel, blackened oak, brushed, sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.


Friedemann Bühler, Wide bowl, bleached ash, brushed and sandblasted. Photo by Richard Becker.

Friedemann Bühler © 2014 OEN

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Doyle New York to auction important jewelry on october 21, 2014


Photo courtesy Doyle New York

NEW YORK - On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10am, Doyle New York will hold an auction of Important Jewelry from a variety of prominent estates and collections. The sale will offer dazzling jewelry spanning the Antique, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern eras by some of the world’s most prestigious makers, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co. Certain to attract attention is a group of high-carat-weight diamond jewelry. Also featured will be fine watches and objets de vertu, including elegant compacts, cigarette cases and cufflinks.

Important bracelets-necklace combination by René Lalique.

Highlighting the sale is a rare and important Art Nouveau gold, carved glass, enamel, diamond and natural pearl 'Chrysanthemum' pair of bracelets/necklace combination by Rene Lalique (est. $500,000-700,000). French jeweler Rene Lalique (1860-1945) studied botany and art, and later jewelry design in London and Paris, before opening his own jewelry studio in Paris in 1895. His innovative Art Nouveau jewelry designs garnered international acclaim at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. Following his stunning success at the Exposition Universelle, his studio was flooded with commissions. Dating to this era, circa 1901-1903, the bracelets/necklace combination has descended through several generations of the same family. The ingenious design allows it to be worn as a pair of bracelets or combined to create a necklace. 


Pair of Art Nouveau Gold, Carved Glass, Enamel, Diamond and Natural Pearl 'Chrysanthemum' Bracelets-Necklace Combination, Rene Lalique, circa 1901-1903. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Estimate $500,000  - $700,000.

C Private Collection, New York and Florida. 

Van Cleef & Arpels mystery-set brooch.

From another collection is a Van Cleef & Arpels mystery-set ruby and diamond clip-brooch designed as three overlapping leaves (est. $150,000-250,000). This exquisite circa 1935 brooch is a rare early example of the firm’s mystery-set process, which Van Cleef & Arpels patented in 1933.


Rose Gold, Platinum, Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Leaf Clip-Brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, France. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

18 kt., composed of three overlapping leaves mystery-set with 316 square, rectangular and fancy-shaped rubies approximately 40.00 cts., centering fine ribbon-like veins and topped by two stylized leaves set with 20 tapered baguette and baguette diamonds, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, Brevete, S.G.D.G, no. 43.375, with maker's mark (slightly obscured) and French assay markcirca 1935. Estimate $150,000  - $250,000. 

El Morocco: The John Perona Collection.

Also featured in the auction will be jewelry, clocks and accessories from El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Art Deco Nephrite Jade, Lapis and Sterling Silver Partners Clock, Cartier, France. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Stem wind and stem set, the nephrite jade clock centering on both sides a rectangular silver-tone dial with black Roman numerals, further centering a rectangular plaque composed of lapis mosaic, framed by sterling silver, topped and edged by sterling silver bands tipped by sugarloaf cabochon nephrite jade, surmounted by a double tiered nephrite jade base, edged and quartered by a sterling silver geometric design, accented by lapis on each side, diameter approximately 3 3/4 x 2 9/16 inches, dial signed Cartier, Made in Francewith French hallmarks. 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 to 7 1/8 x 5 inches. With fitted box, signed Cartier, Paris, London, New York. Estimate $20,000  - $30,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Sterling Silver, Gold and Nephrite Jade Mantel Clock, Cartier, European Watch & Clock Co., Inc., France. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

18 kt., brass, key wind and key set, the sterling silver cabinet centering a square guilloche silver-tone dial with black Roman numerals, with gold and black enamel fleur-de-lys style hands, framed by Greek and scrolled design elements, accented by a sterling silver and gold plaque depicting an equestrian steeple chase scene, the top and base composed of nephrite jade, diameter approximately 3 5/8 inches., dial signed Cartier, movement signed European Watch & Clock Co., Inc., France, no. 798 bis. 10 1/8 x 5 3/4 to 6 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches. Estimate $15,000  - $20,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 



Two-Color Gold, Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Box, Cartier, France. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

18 kt., the square-shaped rose gold case decorated with alternating square and rectangular yellow gold panels, the side panels set with 36 square-cut sapphires, spaced by 16 small square and rectangular-cut sapphires, accented by 32 baguette diamonds, the thumbpiece set with one rectangular-cut sapphire, flanked by 2 baguette diamonds, sapphires totaling approximately 36.00 cts., diamonds approximately 4.15 cts., signed Cartier, Made in France, no. 61960, with maker's markcirca 1938, approximately 147.8 dwts. 3 1/8 x 3 5/8 x 5/8 inches. With signed fitted case. Estimate $20,000  - $30,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Tricolor Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Box. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

14 kt., the square-shaped ridged yellow and rose gold box surmounted on the sides by two white gold rectangular panels accented by pairs of 32 rectangular-cut sapphires, spaced by 18 square and rectangular shaped sapphires and 36 baguette diamonds, the thumbpiece centering one square-shaped diamond flanked by 2 rectangular-cut sapphires, the sapphires altogether approximately 20.00 cts., the diamonds totaling approximately 4.75 cts., circa 1940, approximately 187.5 dwts. 2 7/8 x 3 7/16 x 3/4 inches. Estimate $12,000  - $18,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Platinum, White Gold, Diamond and Sapphire Cuff Bangle Bracelet. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

The stylized scrolled panels set with 100 round & old European-cut and 6 single-cut diamonds, flanked by 18 baguette diamonds, tipped by 6 round diamonds, altogether approximately 11.75 cts., embellished by 42 square-cut sapphires approximately 8.50 cts., completed by a polished white gold cuff bangle, circa 1938, approximately 59 dwts. Inner circle 6 3/4 inches. Estimate $10,000  - $15,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Platinum, White Gold, Diamond and Sapphire Double Clip-Brooch. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

The stylized scroll motif set with 108 round, 4 single-cut and 18 baguette diamonds, approximately 10.80 cts., embellished by two pairs of intersecting bands of 20 square-cut sapphires and tipped by pairs of 24 square-cut sapphires, altogether approximately 8.00 cts., circa 1935, approximately 33.4 dwts. Estimate $10,000  - $15,000. 

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection. 


Gold, Diamond and Sapphire Dress Set, Van Cleef & Arpels. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

The cufflinks composed of pairs of gold balls inset with 26 small single-cut diamonds and 26 small round sapphires, joined by an oval link chain, the three buttons and 2 studs of similar motif, studded with single-cut diamonds, signed V.C.A., no. 12211circa 1940, approximately 14.5 dwts. With signed fitted box. C El Morocco: The John Perona CollectionEstimate $3,000  - $4,000. 

Another highlight jewelry:


Natural Pearl and Diamond Pendant-Earrings. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Estimate $100,000  - $150,000. 


Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ring. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Centering one emerald-cut emerald approximately 13.04 cts., flanked by 2 bullet-shaped diamonds approximately .40 ct. Size 4 1/2?. Estimate $50,000  - $70,000

With AGL report no. CS 31047 stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, moderate evidence of clarity enhancement present (Oil Type). 


Platinum and Diamond Ring. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Estimate $50,000  - $70,000


Platinum, Diamond and Emerald Brooch. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Centering three emerald-cut diamonds approximately 8.00 cts., tipped by 2 cut-cornered emerald-cut emeralds approximately 3.70 cts., approximately 6.8 dwts. Estimate $40,000  - $60,000

With AGL report no. CS 62476 A and B stating that the emeralds are of Colombian origin, with insignificant traditional clarity enhancement.


Gold, Silver and Gray Guilloche Enamel Desk Clock, Fabergé. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

14 kt., the square clock centering a circular white dial with black Arabic numerals, applied with gray guilloche enamel with a sunburst design, edged by a polished and finely engraved frame, signed Faberge, with Russian assay markcirca1910. 2 9/16 x 2 1/2 inches. Estimate $30,000  - $40,000


Pair of Platinum, Chalcedony, Diamond and Natural Pearl Earclips, Suzanne Belperron. Photo courtesy Doyle New York

Estimate $15,000  - $20,000

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Blue-and-White Bowl with Dragon and Scrolls Design, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Mark and Period (1488-1505)




Blue-and-White Bowl with Dragon and Scrolls Design, Ming Dynasty, Hongzhi Mark and Period (1488-1505), d.15.0cm. Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection. Acc. No. 10691. The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. © 2009 The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka.

The style of this piece is a continuation of the thin, small bowls which appeared in the Chenghua reign, but the pattern has increased in complexity. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with a pair of dragons and baoxiang-hua floral scrolls, the interior is decorated with vine scrolls on the walls and a lotus pond design in the center. The patterns are drawn with fine lines, leaving little white space. The dragons' bodies, vine scrolls, and leaves and flower petals show indications of becoming formalized. In the intricate patterns around the rim and the interior center, we can see connections with the decorative motifs of the next era, the Jiajing and Wanli reigns.

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