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A sapphire and diamond "Pelouse" suite, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1970

A sapphire and diamond « Pelouse » suite, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1970. Photo Bonhams.

Comprising: a choker/bracelet combination, designed as a highly articulated ‘pelouse’ – or ‘lawn’ – of circular-cut sapphires, interspersed with double diagonal rows of brilliant-cut diamonds, and a ring and pair of earclips of matching bombé design, diamonds approximately 30.00 carats total, the bracelets and ring signed Van Cleef & Arpels, the earrings signed VCA, numbered, maker’s marks for Pery & Fils, French assay marks, bracelet lengths 19.7cm and 18.8cm, earring length 2.8cm, ring size L, maker’s pouch. Estimate £80,000 – 100,000 (€100,000 – 130,000)

For a similar example of a sapphire and diamond « Pelouse » bracelet, see « Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art of High Jewelry », Les Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition catalogue, edited by Possémé, Evelyne, Paris, 2012, page 183.

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY, INCORPORATING THE CERES COLLECTION, LOTS 1 TO 101; A COLLECTION OF CAMEOS & INTAGLIOS FORMED BY AN AMERICAN FAMILY FROM THE 1930S TO THE 1990S, London, New Bond Street; 17 Sep 2014 14:00