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Van Cleef & Arpels | Pair of Diamond Brooches, France 梵克雅寶 鑽石別針一對,法國

Van Cleef & Arpels | Pair of Diamond Brooches, France 梵克雅寶 鑽石別針一對,法國

Van Cleef & Arpels | Pair of Diamond Brooches, France 梵克雅寶 鑽石別針一對,法國

Van Cleef & Arpels | Pair of Diamond Brooches, France

Designed as a nightingale and a thrush in flight, set throughout with rose-cut diamonds, the eyes highlighted with chalcedony cabochons, unsigned, nightingale numbered 16646, thrush numbered 16645, each with French assay and workshop marks; circa 1920.

In good condition, with light scuffs to the mounting commensurate with wear and age. French assay marks for platinum. The diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of approximately 1.55 carats are of decorative quality. Dimensions approximately 1½ x 2 inches. Accompanied by two Van Cleef & Arpels certificates of authenticity.

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. (edited)

For brooches of similar design, see Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels by Sara D. Coffin, pages 114-115 and 120.

Accompanied by two Van Cleef & Arpels certificates of authenticity.


Is the brooch back? Was it ever really out? Perhaps just waiting in the wings for a second act.

Without question, the brooch is the purist form of the jeweler’s art. It offers a totally unencumbered opportunity for expression without the constraints of fitting to a finger, wrist or neck. It affords great potential for three-dimensional renderings; if you can draw it, you can represent it in a brooch. 

In order to embrace the brooch’s full potential, one must remember that it may be worn in a wide variety of ways. No need to stick to the lapel. Empress Elisabeth of Austria dressed her legendary locks with a galaxy of diamond starbursts. Mrs. Cole Porter wore her Cartier scarab brooch as a belt buckle. Princess Ira Fürstenberg wore a series of Tiffany dragon brooches—one offered here as lot 50—draped across her bare belly on gold chains. And who can forget Sarah Jessica Parker securing her GAP cardigan with a cluster of brooches at her hip, or adorning her evening glove at the Met Ball with a line of Victorian stunners?