09 mars 2017

Palermo Chinese palace

Characterized by an unusual mix of architectural styles, the Chinese house was designed and built in 1799 by G. Venancio Marvuglia according to the taste of the "chinoiseries" turn of the century, on commission of King Ferdinand III of Bourbon, who stayed there for a long time during the forced residence in Sicily. The sovereign will hosted several friends and among the distinguished guests and admired this building is a must also remember the visit of Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton. The... [Lire la suite]
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27 février 2017

An amber, lapis-lazuli and diamond pendant, by Jean Vendome, circa 1990

Lot 259. An amber, lapis-lazuli and diamond pendant, by Jean Vendome, circa 1990. Sold for £1,875 (€2,198). Photo Bonhams. The rigid necklace with brilliant-cut diamond highlights, suspended from a sliding pendant set with step-cut faceted amber and rectangular shaped lapis-lazuli, diamonds approx. 0.60ct total, French assay mark, maker's mark, inner diameter approx. 12.6cm. Bonhams. JEWELLERY, 15 Jun 2016, LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
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27 février 2017

A quartz and diamond ring, by Jean Vendome, circa 1990

Lot 258. A quartz and diamond ring, by Jean Vendome, circa 1990. Sold for £2,000 (€2,345). Photo Bonhams. The open textural abstract band set with a cluster of brilliant-cut diamonds and a long included quartz crystal, diamonds approx. 0.30ct total, French assay mark, maker's mark, ring size M½. Bonhams. JEWELLERY, 15 Jun 2016, LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE
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10 février 2017

Art Deco Platinum, Jadeite Jade, Emerald and Diamond Three Piece Ensemble , Circa 1920-1930

Art Deco Platinum, Jadeite Jade, Emerald and Diamond Three Piece Ensemble , Circa 1920-1930. Sold for $3,000. Photo Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers, LLC Consisting of: a choker length necklace, having a circular reticulated apple-green jade amulet depicting birds in foliage, set with eleven straight and one cut corner baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately .95 carats, seventy round single-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.40 carats and two marquise-cut diamonds weighing approximately .20 carats, suspended from a... [Lire la suite]
06 février 2017

Prince Charles Renovated This Incredible Historic Scottish Home

Prince Charles (known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland) stands at the entrance to the Tapestry Room of Dumfries House, which was preserved for posterity through his efforts. Designed by the brothers Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   The ceiling in the entrance hall features ornate plaster ornamentation; a mahogany-and-brass grand orrey is situated between Doric columns. The floors are stone.   ... [Lire la suite]
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01 février 2017

Renaissance Gimmel Ring with Memento Mori, German, dated 1631

Renaissance Gimmel Ring with Memento Mori, German, dated 1631. Fold. Height 29.61 mm; exterior diam. 23.7 mm; bezel 14.25 x 12.18 mm.; Weight 13.75 grams US size 7.5 UK 0 ½. Griffin Collection, L.2015.73.1 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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01 février 2017

Devotional Ring, British (?), 13th century

Devotional Ring, British (?), 13th century. Gold and sapphire. Height 26.6 mm.; hoop inner diam. 20 mm.; hoop outer diam. 23.5 mm; bezel 10 x 13.4 mm.; weight 8.71 g. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.10 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Cusped Ring, North European, 15th century

Cusped Ring, North European, 15th century. Gold, hessonite garnet. Height 26.4 mm.; hoop inner diam. 20 mm.; hoop outer diam. 26 mm.; bezel 19 x 13 mm.; weight 12.34 g. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.14. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. When this ring was made, goldsmiths concentrated on showcasing the color and brilliance of gemstones. Here, the designer captures the deep, lustrous tones of the hessonite garnet. The ring itself is cast from a single piece of gold. The octagonal collar that holds the stone in place... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2016

An Art Deco diamond bracelet, by Cartier

Lot 255. An Art Deco diamond bracelet, by Cartier. Estimate USD 200,000 - USD 300,000. Photo Christie's Images Ltd 2016. Designed as a wide old and single-cut diamond pierced band of 'fleurette' design, 1923, 7 1/4 ins., with French assay marks for platinum and 18k gold, in a Cartier red leather case. Signed Cartier, Paris, no. 0123 With a Certificate of Authenticity from Cartier Christie's. Sale 12182, Important Jewels, 18 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza 
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30 septembre 2016

A private apartment in Florence, Italy

A private apartment in Florence, Italy. © Photo Francesca Pagliai
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