Lot 20
  • 20

Two gold, emerald and diamond brooches, 'Lion ébouriffé', Van Cleef & Arpels, 1960s

6,000 - 9,000 CHF
9,375 CHF
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  • Van Cleef & Arpels
  • Gold, emeralds, diamonds, enamel
Of lion and lion cub design, the eyes set with circular-cut emeralds, the muzzles pavé-set with single- and brilliant-cut diamonds, the noses applied with black enamel, signed Van Cleef & Arpels and VCA, numbered, French assay and maker's marks. 


Cf.: Sara D. Coffin et al., Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, 2011, pg. 272 for a similar 'Lion ébouriffé'.

Catalogue Note

In the early 1950s, Van Cleef & Arpels started introducing humorous, cartoon-like animal brooches such as those composing lots 20 to 22, with the intention of creating more accessible jewellery destined to a larger clientele. Sold at "La Boutique", that was opened at 22 Place Vendôme in 1954, the brooches rapidly became a success, even entering famous jewellery collections, such as those of Princess Grace of Monaco and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.