Joaillerie Paris

Live Auction: 11 June 2020 • 10:30 AM CEST • Paris
Joaillerie Paris 11 June 2020 • 10:30 AM CEST • Paris

Thank you for your interest in today’s Paris Fine Jewels sale PF0010.
For logistical reasons, and in order to ensure the best possible bidding experience for all involved we have taken the decision to postpone the sale to tomorrow, Thursday June 11, at 10.30 am (session 1) and at 2.30 pm (session 2).
Bids that have already been submitted will be executed as they normally would. You will also be able to bid online once the sale is open tomorrow at 10.30 am (session 1) and at 2.30 pm (session 2).

We remain available for any further questions or if you wish to register, please feel free to contact the Bids Department + 33 1 45 53 53 48 or bids.paris@sothebys.com.

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt pour notre vente PF0010 Paris Joaillerie.
Pour des raisons logistiques, et afin de vous permettre de participer à la vente dans les meilleures conditions, il a été décidé de la reporter à demain, jeudi 11 juin à 10h30 (session 1) et 14h30 (session 2).
Toutes les enchères enregistrées au préalable sont maintenues et seront exécutées dans la vente. Vous pourrez également enchérir en ligne dès l’ouverture de la vente demain, jeudi 11 juin à 10h30 (session 1) et 14h30 (session 2).

Nous sommes à votre disposition pour vous aider si vous avez la moindre question ou si vous souhaitez enchérir, veuillez contacter le Bureau des enchères au + 33 1 45 53 53 48 ou par email à bids.paris@sothebys.com.

Nous vous prions d’excuser ce désagrément et vous remercions de votre patience.

The upcoming Joaillerie Paris sale on 11th June will be celebrate the jewelry house Mellerio with two important events: an exceptional exhibition of 17 treasures from Mellerio’s heritage collection and the sale of 25 pieces from the jeweler’s last 30 years of the 20th Century.

Amongst its most attractive pieces; two spectacular jewels with very large emeralds; a necklace made in 1977 with a cabochon emerald weighing 19.76 carats; and a semi-parure (1979) adorned with cabochons emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds.

The sale will also feature fine jewels from Suzanne Belperron, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, René Boivin as well as Froment-Meurice.

Featured Highlights

Maison Mellerio - 400 Years of Fabulous Jewellery

Founded in 1613 and counting Marie Antoinette, Marie de Medici and Queen Victoria among its famous clientele, Mellerio is France’s oldest jewelry house. Sotheby’s Paris is celebrating this illustrious 400 year history with the sale of 25 pieces from the jeweler in our upcoming auction Joaillerie Paris (10 June | Paris). In this episode of Expert Voices, designer Laure Isabelle Mellerio – who represents the 14th generation of the family - discusses this extraordinary heritage and discusses some of her favourite pieces from the sale.

Jewels and Pietra Dura

The onyx and the deep black, the lapis-lazuli and the sequined blue or the coral and the shades of orange – these are a few examples of the amazing rainbow from the hard stones. What a delight when jewelers choose to marry them with the traditional sapphires, rubies or diamonds. The vibrant colours make a real impact and the sky is the limit. A coral rose with diamond dew, a jade duck with gold wings, a lapis-lazuli flower with ruby cabochons...anything becomes possible.

Jewels and Nature

Flora has always been an unlimited source of inspiration for artists and craftsmen alike. Jewelers have in turn created very stylized or naturalistic pieces with a simplistic form, which can be found in Egyptian jewelry or from the 19th century. This style is the opposite of the realism that can be found in enameled jewelry of the 18th century, which has now been reinterpreted by Art Nouveau, with sinuous curves responding to translucent enamels. Nowadays, flora remains one of the main themes that one can still find in jewelers’ creations, constantly reworking nature’s forms.

Fashion's Love Affair with Pearls

“Pearls will make you glow like moonlight” is the motto of the famous Gabrielle Chanel. The pearl was known as the Queen of gemstones in ancient times and the renowned Fayum portrait known as "L'Européenne" and exhibited at the Louvre, is a good illustration of the importance of the pearl. The catwalks of the 2020s have demonstrated that pearls are always a must-have. Necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets; small, large, round, barocco, white, grey – you can find pearls everywhere.

Oversized Necklaces

Necklaces have been one of the most popular adornments since ancient times. Other than for ceremonial or religious purposes, a necklace may be worn for expressing status or wealth. Oversized collars immediately make us think of Cleopatra, Nefertiti or other strong women from history. In wearing these strong pieces of jewelry, there is a desire to look beautiful and powerful, and they continue to be as popular today as ever before.

House of Mellerio: Jeweler to Queens
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