SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE
GOLD AND RUBY COMPACT, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, FRANCE
Designed as a seashell, the thumbpiece set with a cabochon ruby, further accented by a round ruby, opening to reveal two compartments, one covered, gross weight approximately 52 dwts, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, partially numbered TY23495, with French assay and workshop marks; circa 1965.
In good condition given the age of this piece, with light scratches, a few nicks, dents and abrasions to the interior and exterior of the case, minor discoloration to the gold, predominantly to the interior, and the mirror with some scratches and chips to the outside edge. The case does not close securely and would benefit from the attention of a jeweler. The purplish red cabochon ruby measuring 9.9 x 6.3 mm (depth not measurable), significantly included. The slightly purplish red round ruby of decorative quality. Overall dimensions approximately 2 ⅞ x 2 x ⅝ inches.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee, and are not responsible for, any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the lot. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the relevant section the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).