Lot 307
  • 307

Gem-Set and Diamond Bangle-Bracelet, David Webb

Estimate
20,000 - 30,000 USD
Sold
62,500 USD
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Description

  • David Webb
  • white enamel, gold, diamond, ruby, emerald
Designed as a fish applied with white enamel, set with two cabochon emerald eyes, the tail set with five round emeralds, the eyes, lips and crown set with round diamonds, the crown further accented by a floret centered on a cabochon ruby, gross weight approximately 64 dwts, internal circumference 6¼ inches, signed David Webb. With signed box and pouch.

Provenance

From the Collection of Evelyn H. Lauder. Sotheby's New York, December 5, 2012, Magnificent Jewels, lot 414.

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from David Webb.

Just after the launch of David Webb’s animal bracelets in the early 1960s, a newspaper article extolled them as “the most coveted knickknack in all jewelrydom,” and claimed that any woman with “a whole menagerie” of Webb bracelets on her arm had “won the international fashion status game.”  Little has changed today. This opulent ‘fish’ version—set with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds—originally belonged to the peerless jewelry maven and lady of style Estée Lauder. Its enamel body is one of Webb’s classic designs, and the rare white color was collected by Elizabeth Taylor, an early aficionado of the designer. As the ‘Webb Ark’ often tends toward African safari animals, this playful, aquatic piece adds warm-weather flair—perfect for the poolside—to a classic favorite.

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