Tuesday, 10 May 2011

The CARTIER and VAN CLEEF 1960's parrot brooches

Nature has always been a source of inspiration in jewellery. However the 1950's and 1960's are remarkable for animal inspiration, in particular one could focus on a comprehensive collection just with bird brooches as a thread. Here we have two great examples of that period, the first one is made by Cartier and it features a parrot made of coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli and diamonds in an exquisitely carved golden structure.

This second one was made by Van Cleef & Arpels, set in a gold structure with white enamel, coral and an emerald. The one by Cartier is more beautiful in my opinion but this one's feather work is a work of art. Both will be auctioned by Sotheby's Geneva on May 17th and the estimates are astronomical for such type of pieces.