Diamond pendant-brooch, 1930s. Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.
The geometric surmount suspending a graduated series of articulated tassels, set with variously cut diamonds including circular-, single-cut, marquise-shaped and baguette, the central tassel highlighted with a step-cut diamond within a frame of baguette diamonds, French assay and maker's marks, detachable pendant loop and brooch fitting, fitted case.
Notes: Cf: Sarah D. Coffin, Set in Style; the Jewellery of Van Cleef & Arpels, London, 2011, plate 194, for and illustration of a similarly designed brooch from the Van Cleef & Arpel's archives.
Cf: M. Gabardi, Art Deco Jewellery, 1920-1949, Antique Collector's Club, 1989, p. 148, for an illustration of similarly designed pendants from the Mauboussin archives.
Sotheby's. Fine Jewels London, 18 Mar 2015, 10:30 AM