Hancocks London previews selection of exceptional and rare pieces of jewellery at TEFAF Maastricht
Art Deco Cartier diamond necklace formerly owned by Deborah Duchess of Devonshire to be unveiled
PHOTOCALL: DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE ART DECO DIAMOND NECKLACE & HIGHLIGHTED LOTS
12 NOON, 8 MARCH 2018, HANCOCKS LONDON: STAND 243
A selection of extremely rare signed jewellery pieces along with a magnificent diamond necklace that once belonged to one of Britain’s leading aristocratic families are to be showcased by Hancocks at TEFAF Maastricht next month (10-18 March 2018).
Among the 100 items being exhibited by Hancocks, the Mayfair based family jewellers, is an Art Deco diamond necklace by Cartier belonging to Deborah Duchess of Devonshire DCVO, the youngest and last surviving of the six Mitford sisters whose exploits dominated 20th century’s smart society. Known to her family as “Debo”, the Duchess was an English aristocrat, writer, memoirist and socialite.
The necklace, dated circa 1925, is designed as a highly articulated three row swag of brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds (estimated weight 28.5 carats) in rubover settings, suspended from tapering stepped links to a graduated back chain of pavé diamond set stylised geometric links with scroll buckle clasp. It is signed ‘JC’ for Jacques Cartier, numbered and will be sold with its original Cartier box.
Guy Burton of Hancocks said: “The Duchess of Devonshire had a great combination of style and effortless elegance and was regarded as the most beautiful of all the peeresses according to society photographer Cecil Beaton. This diamond necklace is a timeless classic and has a wonderful fluidity to it. It has obviously been cherished, is in excellent condition and has an enviable provenance.”
Another piece which is expected to catch the attention of visitors to the Fair is An 18ct yellow gold and diamond fringe necklace by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Dated circa 1980s, the necklace is designed as a circlet to sit around the base of the throat suspending rope twist gold bars of graduated asymmetric lengths, the front half each set with a single round brilliant cut diamond (50 in total) at varying heights creating the impression of having been randomly sprinkled with diamonds, to a concealed tongue and box clasp.
Guy Burton says: “To find a wonderful diamond and gold piece of signed Schlumberger for Tiffany is very rare these days and, as a result, is highly collectible. The necklace is elegant and very wearable. Plus given gold jewellery is very much in vogue at the moment we expect to see a lot of interest from all circles.”
Hancocks’ other TEFAF Maastricht highlights include two remarkable rings. The first is A Cartier carved sapphire and diamond ring. Dated circa 1925, it features a beautiful and irregular shaped cabochon sapphire, weighing approximately 20 carats. The sapphire is carved with a single flower on a stem with four leaves, between asymmetric foliate diamond set shoulders, all in platinum.
Guy Burton comments: “Jacques Cartier was known to have travelled extensively to source beautiful gemstones for Cartier jewellery. During the early 20th century he brought back many Indian carved gemstones from his travels and these were used in profusion in Cartier jewellery during the 1920s and 30s in a style often referred to now as Tutti Frutti.”
The second ring is equally rare, impressive in its exquisite design and masterful craftsmanship. Designed by Amy Burton Fine Jewellery and sold exclusively at Hancocks London, The Diamond Back Ring is part of her Unum collection. As the name suggests, each piece in the collection is completely unique and created around an exceptional gemstone whose shape and character wholly inspired the design into which it is set. In this case, the ring is designed as a stylised diamondback snake, the sinuous openwork body triple wrapped around the finger and composed of a continuous row of concave diamond-shaped motifs, each set to the centre with a round brilliant cut diamond, the three-dimensional head pavé set throughout with round brilliant diamonds and overlaid to the top with a rare and beautiful antique portrait-cut diamond weighing 2.96cts.
Amy Burton adds: “I love to walk a line between architectural, sculptural design and femininity. I keep toying with the design until I can feel that balance. With this particular ring I wanted to create something really special to show off the magnificent portrait-cut diamond while creating a modern twist on the snake motif which has been used in jewellery for centuries.”
As demand for jade grows and supply out of Myanmar dwindles, jade jewellery has caught the eyes of collectors in China while also attracting a new group of Western admirers. Hancocks is delighted to preview A 1930s jade necklace at this year’s Fair. Classically elegant, the necklace is composed of 55 graduated spherical beads of very fine quality deep green jadeite jade. These weight a total of approximately 185 cts.
Guy Burton says:“It’s quite rare to find a jade necklace dating from the 1930s so we’re really delighted to showcase this at TEFAF Maastricht.
“People, especially jadeite collectors, are now focusing their efforts on the material and the quality of the stone. This necklace fits the bill perfectly: the beads are of extremely fine quality; the design is simple and stylish and it would make the perfect addition to any jewellery collection.”
Hancocks London will be at TEFAF Maastricht from 10-18 March 2018, stand number 243. Floor plan here: https://www.tefaf.com/fairs/tefaf-maastricht/floor-plan