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From the collection of a European couple with a keen eye…
This private collection, gathered together by a European couple, is being offered for sale by Christie’s in November 2017. The selection of Art Deco pieces below and overleaf, is from the jewelry section of a collection that includes avant-garde art from the early years of the 20th century, as well as Contemporary art, African art, jewelry and design.
The jewelry will be sold at a separate auction in Geneva, Beyond Boundaries: Magnificent Jewels from a European Collection, and includes a small group of Art Deco items.
AN ART DÉCO EMERALD, LAPIS LAZULI AND DIAMOND RING, BY RAYMOND TEMPLIER
Price estimate CHF 14,000 – CHF 16,000 (USD 14,329 – USD 16,376)
This ring has a certain clarity and precision… perhaps a very good piece of jewelry for someone with a mathematical bent! It’s a cool sort of of piece too – not a ring that communicates fiery passion. However, the colour elements are wonderful in their coolness. The blue of the lapis works beautifully with the cool green of the emerald, and of course the diamonds add flash.
“Of geometrical design, centering a square step-cut emerald within a lapis lazuli and diamond surround, circa 1930, ring size 2 ¾, with French assay mark for gold. Signed Raymond Templier, with maker’s mark for Templier.” (description and photo credit: Christie’s)
AN ART DÉCO NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND RING, BY GEORGES FOUQUET
Price estimate CHF 18,000 – CHF 22,000 (USD 18,451 – USD 22,551)
“Centring a light brownish grey button-shaped natural pearl, measuring approximately 14.80-14.85×10.10 mm, within a rose-cut diamond surround and claws, the shoulders set with old-cut diamonds, 1920s, ring size 6, with French assay mark for platinum. Signed G. Fouquet, no. 17653
Accompanied by report no. 92061 dated 19 May 2017 from the SSEF Swiss Gemmological Institute stating that the pearl is a saltwater natural pearl, with no artificial colour modification.” (description and photo credit: Christie’s)
On the next page, two more Art Deco pieces