Home past auctions Fine Jewellery 5 - 11 June 2020 3 A diamond, ruby, and turquoise "Clip Danseuse" brooch Van Cleef & Arpels, 1943


Van Cleef & Arpels, 1943
Designed as a ballerina with pear-shaped rose-cut diamond face, her tiara, skirt and bouquet accentuated by circular-cut rubies, old European and single-cut diamonds, and cabochon turquoise; signed Van Cleef & Arpels, N.Y. no. 4157; mounted in eighteen karat gold.
length: 2 3/4in.
Cf. Musee de la Mode et du Costume, Van Cleef & Arpels et la Mode, 1992, p. 151, no. 201. This gem-set dancer, with her fan and flounced skirt, belongs to the "danseuse espagnole" creations. These figural brooches were inspired by Louis Arpels's lifelong passion for dance; with the collaboration of Parisian designer, Maurice Duvalet, and, initially, the workshop of John Rubel & Company, the dancers were first introduced early in the 1940s. A symbol of hope during the war, the "danseuse" series included figures represented in a large variety of classical ballet positions, as well as particular historical Russian and French ballerinas. One of the firm's most famous dancer jewels was that of Marie Camargo, set with large, fine rose-cut diamonds reputed to have originated from the Spanish Crown jewels. Camargo, a favorite of the Bourbon court, was an early innovator in modern classical ballet, inventor of the ballet slipper and the shortened skirt. The brooches were a great success with Arpels's society clients in New York, where they were first made, and in Paris, from the war years through to the 1960s. Van Cleef & Arpels continues to produce different collections of ballerina brooches.

Estimate :

£60,000 - £70,000

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Bidding Ended :

Thursday, 11 June 2020 10:04:00

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