L ondon’s sale of Fine Jewels presents a selection of Fine Jewels for discerning collectors looking for rare and iconic designs, with pieces ranging from the mid-19th century through to contemporary designs from houses such as Boivin, Bulgari and Cartier.
The Collection of Susy Dyson
Susy Dyson exotic model career and fascinating social life led her on a lifelong journey and friendship with renowned jeweler, René Boivin. The jewels of René Boivin were much admired by Dyson and Chandon de Briailles for their artistic flair and exquisite craftsmanship. This collection of Boivin jewels offered here for auction at Sotheby's presents a unique opportunity to appreciate and acquire later designs of Boivin which belong to the era of Jacques Bernard who took over the brand in the 1970s.
Bulgari | A Taste of the Italian Sweet Life
Jewels by the Decade
Lapis lazuli and enamel bracelet, 1860s
Emerald and diamond pendant, 1890s
Colour change sapphire, natural pearl and diamond brooch, circa 1900
Seed pearl and diamond dress set, circa 1910
Cartier | Lacque burgauté vase, 1926
Diamond brooch, 1930s
Sapphire and diamond ring, 1940s
René Boivin | Gem set ring, 'Égaltine', 1950s
Pol Bury | Ring, 'Spheres', 1960s
Poiray | Pink sapphire, malachite and diamond ring, 1970s
Cartier is known to be one of the greatest jewellery houses in the world, creating exquisite and vibrant jewels inspired by the four corners of the globe.
Not only do we have the pleasure of offering a number of signed jewels by Cartier in this sale but we are pleased to showcase a selection of beautifully hand-crafted objects of virtue such as the lacquer vase, clock, and lighters. This selection of pieces showcases Cartier’s design philosophy, to find and be inspired by beauty wherever it is, whether it is from distant cultures or everyday objects around us. The lacquer vase inlaid with mother-of-pearl and the guilloché enamel frame are the perfect embodiments of this philosophy. The former, a commission by James de Rothschild in 1926 as a Christmas present, was inspired by the beautifully crafted 19th century lacquer burgauté snuff bottles made in Japan for the local Japanese market. The latter was part of Cartier’s Russian-inspired range, which used a similar variety of guilloché enameling techniques already popularized by Fabergé.
These vibrant and brightly coloured objects added lightness to the early 20th century European fashion for dark and artificially gloomy interiors.
Continuing the recent success of the Sotheby’s Graff capsule collections, we are pleased to present another selection of jewels by the famed diamantaire. For more than 50 years, the House of Graff has represented some of the world’s rarest gemstones.
Charismatic and visionary founder Laurence Graff’s extraordinary success rests on his innate understanding of diamonds and his insistence on perfectly proportioned cuts, optimizing the brilliance, color and overall quality of every stone he handles.