Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels

Property from an Important Private Collection

Iconic innovators in jewellery design, Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1898 and continues to excel in setting the most precious gemstones into harmonious shapes and lines along with classical jewels today. We are delighted to present a fine selection of pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels from an Important Private Collection in our 22 October auction of Select Jewellery & Watches. 

Van Cleef & Arpels was formed through the collaboration of Alfred Van Cleef (1873-1938), who came from a long line of diamond dealers, and his two brothers in-law, Charles Arpels (1880-1951) and Julien Arpels (1884-1964). Begun in 1898 in Paris, the firm had achieved substantial renown by 1906 when it moved to the prominent address of 22 Place Vendôme.

 

An impressive diamond necklace, by Van Cleef & Arpels
Lot 131 | ◆ An impressive diamond necklace, by Van Cleef & Arpels | £60,000 - £80,000 + fees

 

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Among the iconic innovations of Van Cleef & Arpels are the Minaudière, a jewelled evening case appointed with meticulously fitted accessories, as well as the unique technique of invisible settings which was patented in Paris in 1933 and first appeared in New York around 1935. The famous Zip necklace became the most fashionable ornament of the 1940s and 1905s and one of the most distinctive jewels ever produced. Designed as a proper zip fastener, it was adorned with a tassel of gold threads that could be pulled up to fasten it and transform it into a bracelet.

 

A pair of diamond and coloured diamond 'Cosmos' earrings, by Van Cleef & Arpels
Lot 127 | A pair of diamond and coloured diamond 'Cosmos' earrings, by Van Cleef & Arpels | £10,000 - £15,000 + fees

 

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Under the second generation, the sons of Julien Arpels, the Boutique was opened in 1954 in Paris and 1957 in New York. Aimed at the younger generation, the Boutique, next door to the main shop, offered high quality and more affordable jewels. The innovation proved to be successful, and animal jewels such as the Chat ‘Malicieux’ and the Lion ébouriffé were introduced.

 

A diamond butterfly ring, by Van Cleef & Arpels
Lot 128 | A diamond butterfly ring, by Van Cleef & Arpels | £4,000 - £6,000 + fees

 

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The jewellery house still continues to excel in setting the most precious gemstones into harmonious shapes and lines along with classical jewels. We are delighted to present a fine selection of pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels from an Important Private Collection in our 22 October auction of Select Jewellery & Watches. 

 

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Auction Information

 

Select Jewellery & Watches

Friday 22nd October at 11am

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Viewing will take place at 22 Connaught St, London on Saturday 16th October from 11am to 3pm and Monday 18th to Thursday 21st October from 10.30 to 5pm.

 


 

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