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NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York announces the December 11 auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online auction from December 2 to 12/13, which together present over 1,000 lots. The live ­auction will offer over 450 lots featuring a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, alongside important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Leading the auction are two lots offered from The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions including ‘The duPont Ruby,’ Burmese ruby, emerald, diamond, and natural pearl brooch of 11.20 carats ($3,500,000-5,500,000); and ‘The duPont Emerald,’ Belle Époque Colombian emerald and diamond ring of 9.11 carats, Tiffany & Co. ($500,000-700,000), both formerly from the collection of Mrs. Alfred I. duPont. Among other top lots is a superb fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 3.07 carats, VVS1 clarity ($3,000,000-4,000,000); a diamond ring of 24.13 carats, D color, flawless clarity ($2,000,000-3,000,000); a diamond ring of 23.55 carats, D color, potentially internally flawless, by Harry Winston ($2,000,000-3,000,000); and a Belle Époque Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring of 30.14 carats ($3,500,000-5,500,000) from a Distinguished New York Estate that has been passed down through three generations.

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Lot 452. Property of The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions. ‘The duPont Ruby’, Burmese ruby, emerald, diamond, and natural pearl brooch of 11.20 carats. Estimate: $3,500,000-5,500,000Price realised USD 8,957,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cushion mixed-cut ruby of 11.20 carats, rectangular and trapezoid-shaped emerald, French, old and marquise-cut diamonds, pearls, platinum and 18k gold, 2 5/8 ins. 

AGL, 2019, report no. 1104074: 11.20 carats, Classic Burma, no gemological evidence of heat
Accompanied by a letter from the AGL attesting to the fine quality and rarity of the ruby, describing the hue as 'Pigeon Blood'
SSEF, 2019, report no. 110594: 11.205 carats, Burma, no indications of heating, Pigeon Blood red
Accompanied by an Appendix Letter and Premium Appendix from the SSEF
GIA, 2019, report no. 5201664020: Natural saltwater pearls, no indications of treatment.

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Lot 451. Property of The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions. 'The duPont Emerald’, Belle Époque Colombian emerald and diamond ring of 9.11 carats, Tiffany & Co. Estimate: $500,000-700,000Price realised USD 1,635,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Modified rectangular step-cut emerald of 9.11 carats, old-cut diamonds, platinum, ring size 6, circa 1920, signed Tiffany & Co., brown Tiffany & Co. case.

AGL, 2019, report no. 1104075: 9.11 carats, Classic Colombia, no clarity enhancement
Accompanied by a letter from the AGL attesting to the fine quality and rarity of the emerald.

Note: Mrs. Jessie duPont (née Dew Ball) was born into one of Virginia’s finest families and counted George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball, among her relatives. The Ball family originally settled in coastal Virginia in the mid-seventeenth century. Her family’s deep roots in her home state had a lasting impact on Mrs. duPont and would influence her charitable initiatives throughout her life. Ms. Ball attended school in Virginia and became a teacher as soon as she graduated. When she was 24 years old, her family moved to San Diego, California and Ms. Ball continued teaching and eventually became a vice principal.

While in California, Ms. Ball maintained her longstanding correspondence with Mr. Alfred Ireneé duPont, whom she had met twenty years earlier. Mr. duPont had visited Ms. Ball’s family home many years ago, when Ms. Ball was only fourteen years old, for a duck shooting trip and the two formed an instant friendship. Despite their age difference, the pair bonded over their shared love of business. Their strong connection withstood several years apart and after decades of letter writing, the pair were married in 1921.

The newlyweds returned to the East Coast and settled at Mr. duPont’s home, Nemours, in Wilmington, Delaware. Their original connection over business remained the foundation of their marriage and Mrs. duPont became Mr. duPont’s right-hand in every aspect of his affairs. She quickly learned the details of his business and charitable efforts, so that she could support her aging husband. After Mr. duPont’s death in 1935, Mrs. duPont upheld the vision they had created together. Through their charitable trust, executed by Mrs. duPont, the pair supported historic preservation projects, educational grants, and a pediatric hospital.

Most notably, Mrs. duPont made substantial contributions to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She was one of the museum’s founders and original trustees. She held various leadership positions on the Executive, Development, Membership, and Public Relations committees. As a result of Mrs. duPont’s donation to the first building campaign, the largest of any donation given to the museum at the time, the museum’s largest gallery was named in memory of her relative, Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. Her generous contributions also allowed for acquisitions of works such as Renaissance paintings, Flemish tapestries, and two paintings by American Realist painter, Andrew Wyeth. Additionally, Mrs. duPont secured funding to provide sustained landscaping and gardening for the museum.

After Mrs. duPont’s death in 1970, her estate donated Lots 451 and 452 to the museum. Lot 451, a Belle Époque emerald and diamond ring by Tiffany & Co., combines the intrinsic value of a superb quality gemstone and the timeless design of the great American jewelry house. Since the mid-nineteenth-century, Tiffany & Co. has been at the forefront of elegant American designs, in both jewelry and their objets d’art. Lot 452, a ruby, emerald, diamond and natural pearl brooch, centers on an impressive 11.20 carat ‘Pigeon’s Blood’ ruby. The Pigeon Blood designation is reserved only for the finest quality rubies that embody an extremely rare, deeply saturated red color. Lots 451 and 452 are being sold to benefit future acquisitions by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, allowing the museum to continue its mission of educating and serving the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, just as Mrs. duPont did throughout her life.

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Lot 228. Property of a private collector. Fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 3.07 carats, VVS1 clarity, Type IIb. Estimate: $3,000,000-4,000,000Price Realized: $3,375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Fancy vivid blue round-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut diamond of 3.07 carats, platinum, ring size 6.

GIA, 2019, report no. 5201277441: 3.07 carats, Fancy Vivid Blue, natural color, VVS1 clarity, Type IIb.

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Lot 453. Property from a Distinguished New York Estate. Belle Époque Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring of 30.14 carats. Estimate: $3,500,000-5,500,000Price Realized: $3,015,000.© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cabochon sapphire of 30.14 carats, old-cut diamonds, platinum, ring size 5 ¾, circa 1915.

SSEF, 2019, report no. 109511: 30.145 carats, Kashmir, no indications of heating, accompanied by an Appendix letter stating that the sapphire is exceptional
AGL, 2019, report no. 1102864: 30.14 carat, Classic Kashmir, no gemological evidence of heat or clarity enhancement
Gübelin, 2019, report no. 19110030: 30.14 carats, Kashmir, no indications of heating, with Information Sheet and Appendix.

Note: This superb sapphire ring has been passed down through three generations of a distinguished New York family.

SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING OF 9

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Lot 37. Kashmir Sapphire and diamond ring of 9.13 carats, Carvin French. Estimate: $600,000-800,000Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cushion mixed-cut sapphire of 9.13 carats, baguette-cut diamonds, platinum, ring size 7 ¾, maker's mark.

AGL, 2019, report no. 1100216: 9.13 carats, Kashmir, no gemological evidence of heat or clarity enhancement
SSEF, 2019, report no. 106756: 9.133 carats, Kashmir, no indications of heating.

SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND EARRINGS OF 20

Lot 226. Sapphire and diamond earrings of 20.87 and 18.67 carats. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Price realised USD 855,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Pear mixed-cut sapphires of 20.87 and 18.67 carats, old mine brilliant-cut diamonds of 1.92 and 1.92 carats, circular-cut diamonds, platinum, 1 ½ ins.

AGL, 2019, report no. 1101807 A and B: Ceylon, no gemological evidence of heat or clarity enhancement
Gübelin, 2007, report no. 0702666 1 and 2: 18.67 and 20.87 carats, Ceylon, no indications of heating
GIA, 2007, report no. 15182309: 1.92 carats, G color, VS1 clarity
GIA, 2007, report no. 15128049: 1.92 carats, G color, VS2 clarity.

EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, HARRY WINSTON

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Lot 32. An impressive Colombian emerald and diamond necklace, Harry Winston. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000Price realised USD 783,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Rectangular modified-cut emeralds, circular, pear and marquise-cut diamonds, platinum and 18k gold, 15 ins., maker's mark.

AGL, 2019, report no. 1104013: Colombia, minor clarity enhancement, modern type.

This season’s sale distinctively features an array of notable private collections including Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky, which offers a selection of 48 lots featuring exceptional Art Deco examples by Cartier including a diamond bracelet ($500,000-700,000) alongside jeweled objects and accessories. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente presents 28 elegant and impressive signed jewels comprising important designs by Belperron, Boivin, Fouquet, René Lalique, and an Art Deco diamond sautoir by Van Cleef & Arpels ($500,000-700,000). Additionally, featured is a dedicated section titled An Impeccable Eye: Giuliano Jewels from a New York Private Collection comprised of important Renaissance revival jewels of the late 19th century, a selection of ten lots from The Collection of Marion Oates Charles, and three lots from The Collection of Deeda Blair, sold to benefit the Deeda Blair Research Initiative Fund for Disorders of the Brain.

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Lot 448.  Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky. Art Deco diamond clips, Cartier. Estimate: $200,000-300,000Price realised USD 375,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old-cut diamonds of 5.40, 4.79, 3.27, 2.87, 2.60, 2.60, 2.58 and 2.10 carats, smaller old and baguette-cut diamonds, platinum (French marks), each 1 ¾ ins., circa 1925, each signed Cartier 'Paris', maker's marks, each no. L4077.

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 Lot 436. Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky. Art Deco diamond necklace, Rubel Frères. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000. Price realised USD 591,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old and baguette-cut diamonds, platinum (French marks), 18 ins., circa 1930, maker's mark.

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 Lot 447. Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky. Art Deco diamond brooch, Cartier. Estimate USD 100,000 - USD 150,000. Price realised USD 237,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Square, rectangular and old-cut diamonds, buff-top onyx, platinum (French marks), removable brooch fitting, 3 1/8 ins., circa 1930, signed Cartier, 'Paris', 'Made in France', nos. 01447, 02506.

Provenance:  The diamond and onyx panels from the present lot were previously part of a larger brooch by Cartier that was displayed at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs. In the years following the exposition, the original brooch was dismantled and the diamond and onyx panels that originally flanked a central emerald panel were newly designed into a separate brooch, the present lot 447.

The central carved emerald panel of the original brooch from 1925 was also reworked by Cartier and was recently sold in Christie’s landmark Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction on June 19, 2019 (Lot 274).

 

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Lot 450. Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky. Art Deco diamond bracelet, Cartier. Estimate: $500,000-700,000. Price realised USD 771,000. Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Lozenge-shaped diamonds of 4.12, 3.69 and 3.36 carats, marquise, square, baguette and trapezoid-shaped diamonds, platinum (French mark), 7 ins., circa 1925, signed Cartier 'Paris'.

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ART DECO DIAMOND BROOCH, CARTIER

Lot 423. Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky. An elegant Art Deco diamond brooch, Cartier. Estimate USD 70,000 - USD 100,000. Price realised USD 112,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Modified pear brilliant-cut diamond of 5.24 carats, marquise, lozenge and old-cut diamonds, platinum, 2 ¼ ins., circa 1930, signed Cartier, maker's mark.

GIA, 2019, report no. 2165302784: 5.24 carats, H color, SI2 clarity.

 

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Lot 173. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Art Deco Diamond Sautoir, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate: $500,000-700,000. Price realised USD 1,515,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old, single, baguette, square and shield-shaped diamonds, platinum (French marks), neckchain 31 ½ ins., tassel 6 7/8 ins., neckchain may be separated into smaller segments and worn as bracelets, choker and a pendant, 1928, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, 'Paris', workshop marks (Rubel Frères), nos. 30216, 38277.

ProvenanceSotheby's, Geneva, 15 May 2008, lot 446.

Literature: D. Bennett, D. Mascetti, Understanding Jewellery, Suffolk, Antique Collectors Club, 1989, p. 308.

ExhibitedParis, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Van Cleef & Arpels, The Art of High Jewelry, p. 63, 20 September 2012-10 February 2013
Beijing, Today Art Museum, Van Cleef & Arpels. When Elegance meets Art, p. 63, 21 April-5 August 2018.

 

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Lot 160. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Art Deco Carved Emerald, Diamond, Ruby and Onyx Brooch, Chaumet. Estimate USD 250,000 - USD 350,000. Price realised USD 495,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cushion, oval and drop-shaped cabochon carved emeralds, calibré-cut rubies, old, single and rose-cut diamonds, cabochon onyx plaques, platinum and 18k white gold (French marks), 5 ¼ ins., circa 1925, signed Chaumet et Cie, 'Made in France'.

ProvenanceLillian S. Timken
Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc., New York, 6 April 1960, lot 8
Frank J. Lauerman Jr.
Skinner, Boston, 6 December 2011, lot 750.

Corrente_Art Deco Carved Emerald, Diamond and Onyx Bracelet, Oscar Heyman and Brothers

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Lot 158. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Art Deco Carved Emerald, Diamond and Onyx Bracelet, Oscar Heyman and Brothers. Price realised USD 325,000© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Hexogonal-shaped carved emerald, calibré-cut emeralds, old, single, baguette and hexagonal-cut diamonds, onyx plaques, platinum, 7 3/8 ins., circa 1925, unsigned, no. 15133.

Oscar Heyman & Brothers, 2019: Certificate of Authenticity
Accompanied by a copy of an archival drawing of the bracelet by Oscar Heyman & Brothers, numbered 15133.

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Lot 152. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Lalique Art Nouveau Enamel, Star Sapphire, and Diamond 'Thistle' Jewelry necklace. Unsold© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

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Lot 152. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Lalique Art Nouveau Enamel, Star Sapphire, and Diamond 'Thistle' Jewelry broochUnsold© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

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Lot 152. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Lalique Art Nouveau Enamel, Star Sapphire, and Diamond 'Thistle' Jewelry braceletUnsold© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Dark blue, lavender and pink enamel, oval and pyramid-shaped cabochon star sapphires, old and rose-cut diamonds, 18k gold (French marks), necklace 14 ¾ ins., bracelet 6 ½ ins, brooch 2 ins., necklace may be worn as two bracelets, circa 1900, each signed Lalique, each with maker's mark, blue R. Lalique fitted case.

Provenance: Christie's, New York, 21 October 2009, lot 1191.

LiteratureE. Ducamp, J. Falino, S. Harrison, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2008, p. 113
M. Fasel, P. Proddow, Diamonds: A Century of Spectacular Jewels, New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1996, p. 29
S. Barten, René Lalique: Schmuck und Objets d’Art, 1890-1910, Munich, Prestal-Verlag, 1977, p. 125, cat. 81-54, p. 494, no. 1476, 1-3.

ExhibitedRené Lalique 1860-1945, p. 113
Yokohama, Sogo Museum of Art, 26 August-20 October 2000
Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitain Teien Art Museum, 11 November 2000-4 February 2001
Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art, 14 February-15 April 2001

René Lalique (1860-1945), no. 32
Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, 23 May-12 July 1992, cat. 32
London, A Goldsmiths' Company Exhibition,
The Jewellery of René Lalique, 28 May-24 July 1987, p. 90.

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Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente. Set Of Art Deco Jade, Coral and Enamel Jewelry, Suzanne Belperron. Estimate USD 150,000 - USD 250,000. Unsold. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Jade beads and half-beads, jade rondelles, coral plaques and rondelles, black enamel, 18k white gold (French marks), cuff diameter 2 ¼ ins., each clip 1 3/8 ins., circa 1935, unsigned, clips with maker's marks (Groëné et Darde)

Belperron, 2019: Certificate of Authenticity
Olivier Baroin, 2013: Certificate (Cuff)
Olivier Baroin, 2013: Certificate (Clips).

Provenance: Sotheby's, Geneva, 13 November 2013, lot 298.

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Lot 136. Property formerly from the Collection of Caroline Ryan Foulke. Art Deco Multi-Gem and Diamond Vanity Case, Cartier. Estimate USD 25,000 - USD 35,000. Price realised USD 87,500© Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Of rectangular outline, depicting a dragon, opening to reveal a single compartment, coral, onyx and mother-of-pearl inlay, red and black enamel, single-cut diamonds, gold, rose gold platinum, 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 x ½ ins., circa 1925, signed Cartier, nos. 1361, 2035, red Cartier case.

ProvenanceCaroline Ryan Foulke, thence by descent.

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Lot 266. Art Deco Diamond Jabot Brooch, Cartier. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 55,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old, single, triangular, baguette and French-cut diamonds, platinum, 2 ¼ ins., circa 1925, signed Cartier, no. 2538.

Art Deco Diamond Necklace, Cartier

Lot 268. Art Deco Diamond Necklace, Cartier. Estimate USD 120,000 - USD 180,000Price realised USD 200,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old and baguette-cut diamonds, platinum, 19 ¾ ins., circa 1925, signed Cartier, 'London'.

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Lot 73. Art Deco Multi-Gem and Diamond 'Tutti Frutti' Brooch, Cartier. Estimate 40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 68,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Designed as a jardiniere, carved and cabochon emeralds, sapphire and ruby beads and cabochons, carved onyx, single and old-cut diamonds, platinum, 1 7/8 ins., circa 1925, signed Cartier Ld, London, nos. HYA323, 2584.

Cartier's 'Tutti Fruitti' jewels of the 1920s and 1930s were inspired by intricate Mughal carvings and craftsmanship that was celebrated throughout India from the 16th century onward. The incorporation of Indian influence and adaptation of Indian jewelry and gemstones was one of Cartier's greatest contributions to the Art Deco period.

 

 

Art Deco Diamond and Lacquer Evening Bag, Cartier

Lot 77. Art Deco Diamond and Lacquer Evening Bag, Cartier. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 43,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old and single-cut diamonds, red and black lacquer, black velvet, platinum and 18k gold, one diamond deficient, 8 ½ x 6 x 2 ins., circa 1930, signed Cartier, black Cartier pouch and red Cartier outer box.

ART DECO ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE, BLACK, STARR & FROST

Lot 263Art Deco enamel cigarette case, Black, Starr & Frost. Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000Price realised USD 11,250.  © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Of rectangular outline, depicting a polo match, green, blue, black, white and red enamel, silver (French marks), 5 x 3 ¼ x ¼ ins., circa 1925, signed Black, Starr & Frost, 'France', workshop mark (Jean Trotain), gray Black Starr & Frost-Gorham Inc. soft pouch.

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Lot 398Art Deco Diamond, Multi-Gem and Enamel Earrings, Lacloche Frères. Estimate USD 40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Old and single-cut diamonds, buff-top rubies, sapphires and onyx, cabochon emeralds, black enamel, platinum, 3 1/8 ins., circa 1925, signed Lacloche Paris, no. 65718.

Provenance:  Christie's, Geneva, 17 November, 1998, lot 245.

ENAMEL AND GOLD 'PINOCCHIO' CHARM BRACELET, CARTIER

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Lot 104. Enamel and gold 'Pinocchio' charm bracelet, Cartier. Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000Price realised USD 100,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Variously-colored enamel charms depicting Disney's Pinocchio, the Blue Fairy, Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Cleo and Figaro, 14k gold, 7 ¼ ins., circa 1940, each charm signed Cartier and W. D. P. for Walt Disney Productions.

Literature: Cf. D. Healy, P. Proddow, American Jewelry: Glamour and Tradition, New York, Rizzoli, 1987, p. 149.

Note: Based on the children’s novel by Italian author Carlo Collodi, the animated feature film Pinocchio was released on February 7, 1940 by Walt Disney Productions. Pinocchio was the second animated feature film produced by the firm, following the major success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.

Originally considered a box office disaster in 1940, Pinocchio was later reissued in 1945 and has been since recognized as one of the greatest animated films ever created. The film won Academy Awards for ‘Best Music, Original Score’ and ‘Best Music, Original Song’ for ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. Eventually, the song would also become Walt Disney’s official anthem. In 1994, almost fifty-five years after Pinocchio’s original release, it was added to the United States National Film Registry.

Lot 104 is a rare example of a Pinocchio charm bracelet by Cartier. Featuring enamel charms depicting Pinocchio, the Blue Fairy, Jiminy Cricket, Geppetto, Cleo and Figaro, the 14k gold charm bracelet dates back to 1940 when the film was released. In the original program for the premiere at Center Theatre at Radio City, the Cartier bracelet was prominently advertised. The advertisement features an image of the bracelet, alongside clips that were also designed by Cartier to celebrate the release of the film.

These whimsical characters captured through brightly colored enamel are an instant reminder of Jiminy Cricket’s narration of the timeless tale of Pinocchio – and the joyful reminder that ‘when you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you’.

Rounding out the sale are contemporary jewels by leading houses such as JAR and Taffin. Specially featured are a unique pair of diamond and ruby ‘Beats Pro’ headphones by Graff ($100,000-150,000), created for performers of Super Bowl XLVI, worn by LMFAO, Madonna, and Lil’ Wayne. Set with over 1,500 diamonds weighing over 120 carats and 28 rubies comprising 3.35 carats, this one-of-a-kind collaboration piece is offered for the first time at auction.

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Lot 209. Diamond and ruby ‘Beats Pro’ headphones, Graff. Estimate: $100,000-150,000Price realised USD 110,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Circular-cut diamonds and rubies, white leather, platinum, 7 ½ ins. (adjustable), signed Beats Pro.

Note: Created especially for the Halftime Show at Super Bowl XLVI, Lot 209 is a one-of-a-kind pair of ‘Beats Pro’ by Dr. Dre headphones made in collaboration with Graff. The fusion of these two iconic, luxury brands perfectly combines the best in quality of their respective fields. The headphones are set with over 120 carats of Graff diamonds and accented with vibrant rubies. For their debut on one of the world’s biggest stages, the headphones were worn by Madonna and the group LMFAO. Additionally, they have been worn by Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Wayne. These headphones provide music enthusiasts and high jewelry connoisseurs alike the opportunity to own a unique collector’s item from Graff and Beats by Dre.

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Lot 118. Burmese Ruby of 9.77 carats and diamond ring, JAREstimate: $40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 795,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Oval mixed-cut ruby of 9.77 carats, single-cut diamonds, platinum (French marks), ring size 2, signed JAR, 'Paris', pink JAR pouch.

AGL, 2019, report no. 1102052: 9.77 carats, Burma, no gemological evidence of heat.

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Lot 142. Emerald, diamond and zircon clip-broochJAREstimate: $40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 795,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Cushion-cut blue zircon, circular-cut emeralds, single-cut diamonds, 18k gold and blackened gold (French marks), 1 ½ ins., signed JAR, 'Paris', pink JAR case.

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Lot 207.  Pink topaz, emerald and diamond necklace, Taffin. Estimate: $40,000 - USD 60,000Price realised USD 62,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

Pear-shaped pink topazes, circular-cut emeralds, single-cut diamonds, 18k rose gold, 16 ins., 2014, signed Taffin, maker's mark, no. TF3936.

 

LiteratureS. Lacava, Taffin: The Jewelry of James de Givenchy, New York, Rizzoli, 2016, p. 318.

 

 

The Jewels Online sale will take place from December 2 to 12/13 presenting over 600 jewels comprising designs by Bulgari, David Webb, Dior, Cartier, JAR, Janeisch, Verdura, among others. The full exhibition will be held at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries Friday, December 6 – Tuesday, December 10 with a highlights tour in Los Angeles (October 30-31), Geneva (November 8-11), and Hong Kong (November 22-25)