Born in Holland during the second world war, De Vroomen was the youngest of eight siblings, and their family owned a tulip farm. He was apprenticed in The Hague, and qualified as a master goldsmith in Switzerland before coming to London in 1965. While lecturing at the Central School of Art, he met his now wife, and artistic partner, Ginnie. Since the early 1970s, together they have created an instantly recognisable aesthetic, choosing not to focus on traditional large, expensive gemstones, their motivation is bold design and craftmanship.
Their use of repoussé work, enhancing the warm sculptural qualities of the gold, and rich enamel work is their signature; gemstones, such as diamonds, are often use to enhance these features, rather than to overshadow them; a delicate balance that de Vroomen has mastered. The sumptuous flowing lines of the pieces, the richness of the gold and vibrancy of the enamels and gems, works to create a luxurious and yet extremely wearable jewel. Twice winner of de Beers coveted Diamonds International Award in 1984 and 1976, his work was also the focus of a major retrospective exhibition in 2017 at The Goldsmiths Hall.
We are excited to include eleven pieces by de Vroomen in our 15th June auction, carefully collected by a great appreciator of his work, these pieces are considered examples of his ethos and design.
Lyon & Turnbull's team of jewellery specialists’ - including gemmologists Ruth Davis and Charlotte Peel - extensive knowledge and experience of the current market provides the essential combination for the successful sales of both modern and antique jewellery; from fine Edwardian and Victorian pearls, through classic diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds from the houses of Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari and Tiffany, all the way to the outrageously decadent designs of Grima and the understated, elegant works of Jensen.