As Sotheby’s celebrates 50 years in Paris and 20 years in the historic location of the Galerie Charpentier, we are delighted to announce the relaunch of Jewelry sales in the French capital.
The October jewelry sale is being curated to celebrate “Parisian chic” and France’s long-standing jewelry tradition. The auction will bring together beautiful pieces of extraordinary craftsmanship, signed by the most prominent French “maisons” and boasting exciting provenance, including jewels from the collection of Zizi Jeanmaire, one of France’s most celebrated ballet dancers. Among the illustrious jewelry houses represented in the sale will be Cartier, alongside jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels, M. Gérard, Boucheron and Boivin. Chaumet will also be in the limelight, thanks to a stunning ring set with a superb Kashmir sapphire weighing 12.84 carats. Kashmir is the most sought-after origin for sapphires, and this stone combines an attractive colour, excellent purity and the "velvety" quality characteristic of this source. In addition, the ring belonged to a French noble family (estimate: €100,000-200,000).
Noteworthy history and provenance of jewelry often add further interest at auction. And there is no doubt that the personal collection we are excited to present this autumn will attract connoisseurs and jewelry lovers from all over the world. The names of Roland Petit and Zizi Jeanmaire are almost synonymous with the world of 20th century ballet and dance in France. As dancer and choreographer, they were partners both on and off the stage. Roland Petit used to say, "Dance, no matter how skilful, must provide a reflection of its own times; its vocabulary is precise, so you need only add the mood of the times to its violence and technical achievements, and rethink how it is taught. As we have long since left behind the 19th century, without forgetting the 20th century and its geniuses, let us look to the future."
Some pieces in their jewelry collection date from between 1910 and 1930, and reflect early 20th-century tastes from the dawn and development of the Art Deco style, such as a Cartier lady's watch once owned by Rose Repetto, Roland Petit's mother (estimate: €10,000-15,000). Other items bear witness to the times, a golden era for ballet, to the professional and personal relationships of these two key figures in the world of dance, and their considerable success. Among them, a Cartier clip combining ivory, chalcedony and diamonds (estimate: €10,000-15,000) and, a diamond and sapphire ring (estimate: €6,000-8,000) provide two delightful examples of this highly sought-after mid-century style of jewelry.