André Vassort set up his workshop, Atelier Vassort in December 1955. He quickly became one of the most recognised and sought after manufacturers of French jewellery, working for Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Mauboussin, amongst others. A particularly notable creation is the spectacular crown made for the coronation of Empress Farah of Iran on behalf of Van Cleef & Arpels.
When Louis Gérard left Van Cleef & Arpels to start his own company M. Gérard in 1968, he chose to use his former employer’s workshop to create his jewellery. Over the next twenty years, Vassort would produce some spectacular jewels for Gérard whose pieces are often noted for their superb manufacture. The Atelier closed in the early 1990s but not before establishing itself as one of the most important manufacturers of French jewellery of the mid-late 20th Century.
Set with brilliant-cut diamonds and cabochon rubies, this set is signed M. Gerard and bears the maker's marks AV for Andre Vassort. We were delighted to present this necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings in our October 2021 Select Jewellery & Watches auction.
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