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Thursday, 30 June 2011

London MASTERPIECE Review I: Symbolic & Chase



London Masterpiece opened last night, besides Elton John and Uma Thurman visiting together, what really struck me were the jewels!, probably one of the best selections in the world put together in an extraordinary display. So I have decided to start a mini series of the best of the best!

The brooch above, at London antique dealer Symbolic & Chase, was made by Rene Boivin around 1934, it is difficult to classify because it is too modern for Art Deco, it is just too forward looking as most of the designs from this master.

Below, it is a detail of a magnificent Ludo Hexagone bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels, quite unique and much more sophisticated than the most usual Ludo pieces that come up quite often at auctions. This is one of the finest examples of the Retro style.