Thursday, 6 December 2012
VAN CLEEF and ARPELS: record prices on Art Deco pieces at Bonhams
Van Cleef and Arpels breaks records and makes history. The brooch above sold today at Bonhams Bond Street, London for more than one million pounds. It features a typical Art Deco design set in different cut diamonds alternated in geometrical fashion and two very important drop pendants, an emerald and a natural pearl. The piece is huge and incredibly beautiful, undoubtedly one of the best examples of VCA Art Deco. Worthy of a collector!.
The other two pieces, are a set of ring and bracelet in emerald cut diamonds and burmese rubies. The central ruby in the ring, although less than three carats in weight is spectacular. The laboratory certificate did not qualify it as pigeon blood colour but to my humble eye it could not be otherwise. I loved the rubies, however the most remarkable feature of these pieces is their design; pure simplicity, magnificent Art Deco examples from not only a master jeweller but also a master stone setter. The pieces have been sold for more than ten their estimate.