Thursday, 12 December 2013

Crazy about Suzanne BELPERRON

Today Sotheby's London has auctioned a few jewellery pieces that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. As far as provenance it does not get better than that. And as far as makers, as one should expect with the Windsors, most of the pieces were by Cartier. There was one exception, however, a relatively worthless ring set with a beautiful heart shaped citrine of an intense orange hue. The ring was made (never signed, for she never signed her pieces) by Suzanne Belperron. The estimate was £2,000 to £3,000, surely the less important piece of the series, yet it has been sold, after a fierce bidding, at more than ten times the lower estimate (including premium, but still…). The previous memorabilia articles have all gone for the lower estimate or within the range and the three important Cartier pieces afterwards have been sold at a high price but nothing spectacular. The highlight today has been the insignificant ring made by a remarkable woman jeweller whose creations are becoming collectors' icons.

Citrine ring by Suzanne Belperron, 1955. Formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor