Lot 20
  • 20


10,000 - 20,000 GBP
22,500 GBP
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Set with a cushion-shaped pink sapphire, weighing approximately 5.10 carats, framed by calibré-cut sapphires, size O, fitted case signed Mallett.

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a gemmological report. The sapphire offered here originally came from the Traquair Maxwell-Stuart collection. The extensive collection, sourced by the 17th Laird Herbert Joseph Constable Maxwell Stuart (1890-1921), who travelled the world and collected precious gems, consisted of over 2,300 sapphires in all various colours. Traquair is Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. It has been lived in for over 900 years and was originally a hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland. In 1491, it was gifted by the Earl of Buchan to his son, James Stewart, who became the 1st Laird of Traquair.

The 5.10 carat sapphire was purchased by Mallett of Bath and London in 1921, who sold it on to a Danish diplomat, minister plenipotentiary, Mr Tage Bull (1881-1960), mounted as a stick pin and framed by calibré-cut sapphires. Bull, based in Madrid, Rome, Paris, London and Lisbon, was a passionate collector of precious gems, books, and Spanish and Portuguese antique furniture. He mastered several languages, such as English, German, French, Chinese, Greek and Latin. and had an interest in poetry. During his time in Paris, he published his dissertation and articles on Giacomo Casanova, Pages Casanoviennes. Bull married very late in life, and as he never had any children, the sapphire was gifted to his nephew upon his marriage, when it was re-mounted as a ring.

In 1962 Bull's extensive collection of books was sold in Amsterdam and in 1978 Sotheby’s sold Bull's large collection of furniture in Monaco.