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Phillips Announces New York Spring Jewellery Auction on 13 June 2023

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Phillips Announces New York Spring Jewellery Auction on 13 June 2023

NEW YORK, June 5, 2023 

Phillips is delighted to reveal highlights from the impending New York Jewels Auction, which will be held at 432 Park Avenue on 13 June.

The auction will feature over 140 pieces of magnificent inscribed gemstones from renowned houses such as Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, among others.

An important collection of French Art Deco gemstones with strong architectural references, derived from the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Simcox Swensson, serves as the auction's centrepiece. For his adored wife Sue, the renowned architect cultivated this museum-quality collection of gemstones over a lifetime.

A Private Collection of Important Signed Art Deco Jewels, High Jewellery from Bulgari, Alongside Pieces from Cartier, Belperron, Boivin, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Others Will Be Offered at Auction on 13 June, 2023.

Eva Violante, Head of Department for the Americas, stated,

"On the heels of our successful sale in Hong Kong in May, I am pleased to announce the spring Jewels auction in New York. This sale includes the finest examples of each type of jewel from each period and manufacturer. From iconic 1980s Bulgari High Jewellery to masterworks by French designers René Boivin and Suzanne Belperron, this season's jewellery offerings appeal to all jewellery, art, and design collectors.

The ring containing a 44.89-carat Fancy Intense Yellow diamond is a magnificent jewel that will captivate even the most discerning gem collector.

This auction genuinely caters to collectors of all skill levels and interests, as more than 30 percent of the items are offered without reserve. I look forward to greeting the public to our exhibition on June 8 when it opens to the public."

Phillips is delighted to present a René Boivin 'Starfish' commissioned in 1938 for a special client based on a drawing by Juliette Moutard. This exquisite brooch features an unheated Ceylon sapphire weighing approximately 68.30 carats and is of unique design. Due to the limited availability of this gem, the chance to obtain it is exceedingly rare.

As part of the Swensson collection, lot 74 is a René Boivin sleeve from 1935 designed by Juliette Moutard with unmistakable references to Suzanne Belperron and her indelible influence on the design of the Boivin house.

Also from the Swensson collection, lot 75 includes a silver Suzanne Belperron torque necklace. The 1930s and 1940s produced Belperron's most acclaimed works. As a design visionary, she rejected the delicately set pave of perfectly geometric art deco diamond bracelets and instead created sensual, large-scale, daring jewels that were inspired by unorthodox locations such as Congolese communities, Brutalist architecture, and Japanese Sakura.

Numerous items in the Swensson collection are influenced by architecture, particularly Egyptian Revival and Art Deco styles.

Lot 101, the 'Cheops' gold necklace by Georges L'enfant for Mauboussin, was modelled after the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza and is featured in the Mauboussin book by Marguerite De Cerval. Alongside the bracelet in lot 100, these items date to the 1970s, when the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition toured six countries, reigniting Egyptomania in popular culture and around the world.

The sale also includes Bulgari's private collection of fine jewellery, which consists of several pieces. Throughout the 1980s, many of these gemstones were purchased in the Milan flagship emporium from a single proprietor.

This was a defining period for Bulgari, during which they experimented with modular, daring designs that were a departure from the period's classic jewellery styles created by French maisons. As one of the most prestigious jewellery houses of the era, Bulgari gemstones from this time period are highly coveted.

This is seen in Lot 141, which is an Important Diamond Necklace comprised of approximately 70.00 carats of diamond and exhibiting influences of Bulgari's modular construction with uniform repetitive links accentuating oval-cut diamonds.

Lot 140
, a Diamond Cuff Bracelet, is another example of this period by Bulgari. It is set with a cut-cornered step-cut diamond, trapezoid-shaped diamonds, and brilliant-cut diamonds.


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