Sotheby’s Geneva to auction designer's jewels
Geneva--Sotheby’s Geneva will offer the private collection of 20th century French jewelry designer Suzanne Belperron at its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels here on May 14-15.
Belperron (below), who lived from 1900-1983, was one of the few female jewelry designers and makers of her time, according to Sotheby’s. She began her career at René Boivin in 1919, and her designs eventually graced the pages of influential publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
“Suzanne Belperron is arguably the most talented and influential female jeweler of the 10th century and it is a huge honor to conduct this historic sale,” David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry department in Europe and the Middle East and co-chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, said. “We are certain that this important auction will contribute to further highlight the immense talent of this great artist and her important contribution to jewelry.”
To be offered at the auction will be Belperron’s carved rock crystal ring inset with a large navette diamond (below), which has a pre-sale high estimate of $80,000.
The “Fleur” brooch (below), made in gold and platinum with cut-cornered sapphire and cabochon sapphires, enhanced with diamonds, also has a pre-sale high estimate of $80,000.
The designer’s bracelet mounted in palladium and platinum and set with old-mine diamonds has a pre-sale high estimate of $60,000.
According to Sotheby’s, Belperron never signed her jewels nor did she open a boutique. The designer relied on word-of-mouth for exposure and met with clients exclusively on appointment. The auction of her private collection will also include jewels by other brands, including Fabergé and Cartier.
In addition to Belperron’s collection, the sale will also offer collections from noble families, such as the late Price Franz Ulrich Kinsky.