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Gold and emerald clip, Suzanne Belperron, 1930s
Composed of textured gold centering an oblong drilled emerald bead, French assay mark for gold and maker's mark for Grœné et Darde, later added pendant loop.
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Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Olivier Baroin, stating that this clip was made before January 1937.

Provenance

Magnificent Jewels, Sotheby's, New York, 19 April 2016, Lot 223.

Catalogue Note

Ganna Walska, (1887-1984) the Polish-born opera and concert singer, had a personality as large as her fortune. Married six times over the course of her lifetime, she acquired an extraordinary collection of jewelry. By 1936, the United Press Association reported that she was ‘estimated to have married fortunes totaling $125,000,000’. In 1941 Ganna Walska purchased an estate in Montectio, California. She developed the 37 acre botanical garden composed of smaller specialty gardens and named it “Lotusland.” In order to finance one of those smaller gardens, she sold some of her spectacular jewels at Sotheby’s (Parke Bernet) in New York in 1971. Following her death in 1984, the Ganna Walska Foundation assumed ownership of the property. Under their supervision the gardens at Lotusland have continued to flourish and numbers of visitors enjoy the experience of Ganna Walska’s dream.

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