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René Boivin | Two Gold and Ruby Clip-Brooches, France

Estimate:

55,000 - 75,000 USD

René Boivin | Two Gold and Ruby Clip-Brooches, France

René Boivin | Two Gold and Ruby Clip-Brooches, France

Estimate:

55,000 - 75,000 USD

Lot sold:

81,900

USD

René Boivin | Two Gold and Ruby Clip-Brooches, France


Designed as hearts, set with numerous cabochon rubies, with French assay and workshop marks; dated 1938. With signed box.

In good condition, with light wear to the mounting, commensurate with age. The rubies are medium light to medium slightly to strongly purplish pinkish red color, slightly to moderately included. Dimensions approximately 1½ x 1½ inches. Gross weight approximately 26 dwts. Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Françoise Cailles dated May 3, 2016 stating that the clips are from a design by Juliette Moutard for René Boivin.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Please note the clips bear French workshop marks, not maker’s marks for Juliette Moutard as noted in the print catalogue.

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Françoise Cailles dated May 3, 2016 stating that the clips are from a design by Juliette Moutard for René Boivin. The present pair of clips, modern in form and unfettered by convention in choice of materials, is an iconic example of the firm’s sculptural look. The heart-shapes are exaggerated and full, representing a divergence from the hard, geometric angles of the Art Deco period and presaging the fluid, voluminous forms of the 1940s. Each clip is set with cabochon rubies and sapphires of varying size and color—from deep red to light pink—offering texture and depth to the design. While it was unusual in that period to find so many shades of the same color family in one jewel, Juliette Moutard chose to amplify this feature by setting the stones in open backs, endowing the piece with an almost hallucinatory glow. A highly creative interpretation of a classic form, these Boivin hearts serve as both captivating symbols of endearment and wearable works of art.