Sunday, 5 December 2010

Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co

Jean Schlumberger was born in France in 1907 in a textile dedicated family. He preferred jewellery and he used to give flower pins made by himself to his friends. Like Verdura, he raised to stardom by coming across a great couturier, instead of Coco Chanel, in his case it was Elsa Schiaparelli who hired him to design costume jewellery. In 1956 Tiffany & Co offered him a leading designer position allowing him to sign his pieces with his own name. His style is so personal, that his jewels have become an icon for collectors.

This brooch is a nice example of how his original designs coupled with the great execution by Tiffany's craftsmen. It comes up for auction at Sotheby's New York, the Dietrich sale.

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