Lot 123
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  • verdura
Designed as a leopard wearing a crown, composed of textured gold accented by black enamel spots, highlighted with round diamonds and rubies, the eyes set with similarly-cut emeralds, supporting a cultured pearl drop measuring approximately 11.5 x 6.4 mm, signed Verdura; 1957.


Verdura: The life and work of a master jeweler by Patricia Corbett, page 183.


In good condition, with light scratches and patina to the mounting. Mounting tests as 18 karat gold and platinum. The enamel in overall fair to good condition, with loss to some areas, not readily apparent when worn. The pearl of silvery cream body color, with overtones of green, pink and purple, good skin and luster, with minor ringing. The diamonds bright and lively. The rubies are medium slightly purplish red color, slightly included. The emeralds medium light green, moderately included. Length approximately 2¼ inches. Gross weight approximately 11 dwts.
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Catalogue Note

In Verdura: The life and work of a master jeweler, Patricia Corbett describes the brooch offered here as “a heraldic creature, lifted from the Lampedusa coat-of-arms.” The creature also figures into the novel Il Gattopardo, written by Verdura’s cousin, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, and based on the life of di Lampedusa’s great-grandfather. The title, though often translated into English as The Leopard, is in fact the name for a smaller member of the cat family, the serval, which were occasionally kept as pets by wealthy Sicilians. The reference to a family coat-of-arms, along with the inclusion of a coronet alluding to Verdura’s noble lineage, make this brooch an unusually autobiographical and personal jewel by the designer.