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Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels

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A collection of gem set and diamond jewels, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s and later
The ring of bombé design, set with cabochon turquoise, circular-cut sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, size 461/2; a pair of ear clips of cluster design, set with cabochon turquoise, emeralds and sapphires, further enhanced with brilliant-cut diamonds, and a brooch, with later alterations to the reverse, each piece signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered, French assay mark for gold and maker's mark, cases stamped Van Cleef & Arpels.
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Provenance

Formerly in the Collection of Jane Brandt, daughter of Edgar Brandt

Thence by descent.

Edgar Brandt (1880-1960) was a French artist-blacksmith who combined emerging technologies from the machine age with traditional forging methods. Alongside producing Art Deco buildings and monuments, Brandt also created object d’art.

Together with the famous glass manufacturer Daum Frères, Brandt created not only wrought-iron pieces including consoles, screens and elevator doors but also chandeliers and lamps following the Art Nouveau style. At only 29 years old, Brandt was hailed as the rising star of metalwork design by the influential "Art et Decoration" magazine.

When Brandt decided to participate in the famous Exposition International des Art Decoratifs in 1925, he became a major talking point and was commissioned to design several important buildings and artworks, including interiors for embassies, hotels and ocean liners. Brandt gradually shifted his style into Art Deco design, reflecting the new era. Following the successful opening of a gallery in New York, under the name Ferrobrandt, Brandt also opened an atelier in Paris. Widely considered the greatest exponent of Art Deco metal work, Brandt was awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor and received the Medal of Honor for Applied Art by the Société des Artistes Français in 1939.

Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels

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Geneva