Lot 41
  • 41

Silver Thistle Brooch, Shaun Leane

40,000 - 60,000 USD
43,750 USD
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  • Silver, Black Spinel & Tahitian Pearls
Formed from dark oxidized silver, leaves adorned with pavé-set black spinel, four grade AAA, dark gray Tahitian pearls enclosed in talon-like claws, overall width 3 ⅛ inches; 2006.

Catalogue Note

‘Lee asked me to design two brooches – one for him and the other for Sarah Jessica Parker, who accompanied him to the Met Gala dressed from head to toe in McQueen clan tartan. He wanted a traditional plaid brooch with a Celtic feel. I used the Scottish thistle emblem as my primary reference, the lustrous pearls gripped by sharp thorns, encased and surrounded by flowing leaf forms which were both beautiful and savage at the same time. I hand delivered them to New York where I was to join them for the gala. Lee said they were perfect.’ S.L.

Lots 41 and 42 were commissioned by Lee Alexander McQueen for the opening of the 'Anglomania' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, 4 May, 2006, in the traditional manner to hold the Clan McQueen tartan plaids in place on one shoulder.