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Van Cleef & Arpels (France)
Van Cleef & Arpels (France)

One of the world’s foremost jewelry houses, Van Cleef & Arpels is particularly noted for a focus on technical virtuosity, craftsmanship and artistry, evident since its beginning. Rather than jewelry whose primary aim was the display of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce pieces that projected the wearer’s taste and style — winning the house a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.


The company was formed a year after the 1895 marriage of Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a gem cutter, to Estelle Arpels, daughter of precious-stones dealer Salomon Arpel. Ten years later, Van Cleef & Arpels opened its first boutique on the Place Vendôme in Paris, setting the march on a square now crowded with dealers in bijouterie. (The company still occupies the New York flagship store opened in 1939 at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.) Born from a union of expertise in both jewelry making and gem selection, the firm distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. In 1933, Van Cleef & Arpels patented its trademark Mystery Setting — a technique by which gems are fitted into an intricate matrix of slots and “drawers” that keep the setting hidden. Another signal innovation was the Zip necklace, introduced in 1951, which can be worn either around the neck or, with the zipper closed, as a bracelet.


But as much as to the firm’s craftsmanship, clients have been drawn by the insouciance and playfulness of Van Cleef & Arpels designers, as well as their attunement to the cultural climate. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the company produced several lavish pieces featuring hieroglyphics and other Egyptian motifs to go along with the geometric Art Deco jewelry of that decade and the next. Following World War II, as symbols of freedom and rebirth, the firm focused on naturalistic forms such as birds, flowers, fruit and flying insects. High society’s 1960s fascination with the Near East and India prompted such pieces as the best-selling Alhambra necklace, popularized by Princess Grace. Lately, attention among collectors and connoisseurs has centered on Van Cleef & Arpels’s quality of workmanship as much as its glamour. The firm was the subject of a 2012 show at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as exhibitions at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in 2013 and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014.


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Van Cleef & Arpels Tortoise Sapphire Gold Cigarette Holder
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Vintage 18k gold Van Cleef & Arpels cigarette holder, decorated with tortoise and blue sapphires. Measures 3.5" long, cigarette opening 8.5mm. Comes with a pouch. Marked: Van Cleef &...
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20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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Sapphire, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Compact Powder Box 18 Karat Gold Make-Up Compact 148Gm
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Scarsdale, NY
Vintage 18K yellow gold Van Cleef & Arpels compact powder box with a woven texture and original black leather case. Circa 1960's. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels with the number which i ca...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Cabochon Ruby and Gold Minaudiere
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby & Gold Compact Makeup Box, 2 cabochon rubies on top. Inside the box consists of 2 compartments and a gold lipstick holder Measurements: 4" long, 2.5" wide S...
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1970s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Ruby, 14k Gold, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Travel Clock and Pen Set
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Dallas, TX
Van Cleef & Arpels Travel Clock and Pen Set - 14K gold pen set with gold basket weave texture. Pen and Pencil with pocket clip at cap. The pen needs new cartridge. Rectangular clock...
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20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Van Cleef & Arpels La Minaudiere
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Compact. This compact has three compartments and a mirror. Signed La Minaudiere de Van Cleef & Arpels,a Serial No. 79313, French hallmark and maker's mark. ...
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Mid-20th Century Artist Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Art Deco 18 Karat Gold Fountain Pen
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Fine and rare 18K yellow gold fountain pen by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1930s. It features an 18k gold nib marked Penor and stylish octagonal design. Screw on cap. Beautiful workmans...
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1930s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Gold Purse Watch
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby & Diamond Gold Purse Watch Circa 1960 Movement No: 536175, Ulysse Nardin signed Case No: 17655 Calibre: Manual winding Case: 33mm * 19mm, 18k yellow gold with...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Sterling Key Chain
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Lovely figural "key" key chain. Made and signed by VAN CLEEF & ARPELS. Solid gauge sterling silver. Silky to the touch. 2" x 1." On the original 3 3/4" chain. Toggle closure. ...
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1930s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Sterling Silver

Van Cleef & Arpels, French Mirror in 18 Carat Yellow Gold Patterned Perimeter
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB
A Van Cleef & Arpels double-sided bevelled edge mirror, the 18ct yellow gold perimeter decorated with a crisscross block pattern design, the edge signed Van Cleef & Arpels, no. 57319...
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1970s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Sapphire Compact
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
An 18 karat yellow gold and sapphire compact. Circa 1940. Of rectangular outline, the textured gold case enhanced five square cut sapphires, set on an angle, each measuring approxima...
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1940s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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Sapphire, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Travel Clock
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Travel Clock by Van Cleef and Arpels. This 18k yellow gold travel clock with a sapphire button. The clock measures to be 1 1/2inches X 1 3/4 inches X 3/8 inches closed (1 5/8 inches...
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1960s Artist Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Necessaire Basket Weave Case
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An impeccably crafted Necessaire compact case by Van Cleef & Arpels. It has a special basket weave design in 18K yellow gold. The case is versatile and easy to use to keep many dif...
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Late 20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald 18 Karat Yellow Gold Case
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Of rectangular shape, the hinged cover set with diamond and multi-gem charms of various American patriotic motifs, the reverse set with diamond and multi-gem charms of various musi...
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Mid-20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Opening Cabochon Emerald Yellow Gold Compact
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Very elegant VCA 18kts woven Yellow Gold & brocaded pattern Compact. Made in the 1960 - when all you needed was your compact and your jewels. The opening spans the compact and is...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Emerald, Sapphire

1960s Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Make-Up Compact
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
This gold compact is made by the highly important Paris Jewelry House, Van Cleef & Arpels. The compact is of rectangular shape with fine basket-weave decoration. The front of the c...
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Mid-20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Located in New York, NY
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