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Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

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 create earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other adornments primarily for the aim of displaying of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce jewelry that projected the wearer’s taste and style.

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 Van Cleef & Arpels distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. In doing so, the house would win a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. 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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Creator: Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels, Vintage/Retro French Compact/Make-up Mirror in 18 K Gold
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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1960s French Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond, Black Enamel, and Orange Gemstone Compact
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
VCA Diamond, Black Enamel, and Orange Gemstone Compact. This compact has diamonds in filigree around the exterior of the box along with orange stones on the ends . Signed Van Cleef &...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Diamond, 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 American Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond 18K Gold Evening VCA Clutch Purse Handbag
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Miami, FL
This exquisite Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Clutch Purse from the 1960s has a woven style and it is crafted in solid with 18K Yellow Gold. Topped with (22) round cut, pave set, genuin...
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1960s French Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold and Diamond Minaudière
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in London, GB
An 18k gold minaudiere by Van Cleef & Arpels with diamonds on the clasp. Includes a lipstick holder and separate compartments with a hidden section behind the mirror. Circa 1960s. A...
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1960s Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Watch Pendant
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby Watch Pendant Features 12 cabochon Rubies and diamonds surrounding the clock. Dimensions: approximately 1.5 x 1.5 inches
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1970s French Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 2 in 1 Lipstick Holder and Pocket Watch, Malachite and Onyx
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Berlin, DE
Fabulous and extreme rare Van Cleef & Arpels 2 in 1 accessory. Lipstick Holder and Ladies Pocket Watch. Malachite and Onyx Case. Movement: mechanical manual winding. A unique coll...
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20th Century Art Deco Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Malachite, Onyx

Van Cleef And Arpels 18k yellow gold and diamond compact.
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Van Cleef And Arpels 18k yellow gold and diamond compact. Made in France. The compact features textured finish on the exterior, accented with round single cut diamonds with total wei...
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Mid-20th Century French Artist Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Mesh Clutch Handbag with Mirror Inside, Rare
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
STUNNING AND RARE! This exquisite Vintage Clutch Purse from the 1960s was designed with a soft textured woven style, Van Cleef and Arpels crafted in solid 18K White and yellow go...
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1960s Art Deco Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Yellow Gold and Gem Set Perfume Bottle
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1950s Van Cleef & Arpels 18K Yellow Gold Perfume, measuring 2 3/8 inches in height 7/16 inch in diameter and weighing 21 Grams. Having hand engraved Flowers and the top set wit...
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1950s American Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Diamond, Turquoise, 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 American Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Emerald, Sapphire

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 French Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Ruby, 14k Gold, Gold

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 French Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Sapphire, Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Marguerite Flower Perfume Scent Bottle Original Pouch France
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
This is a very rare and wonderful antique Silver Van Cleef & Arpels France Scent Perfume Bottle in the iconic Van Cleef Marguerite flower motif design with its original Van Cleef pou...
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20th Century French Retro Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Silver, Sterling Silver

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 Swiss Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Van Cleef & Arpels 18 Karat Yellow Gold Lipstick Holder
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Buyer will be in charge of these cu...
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1950s French Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

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 American Artist Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Gold Swizzle Stick
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
Just in time to celebrate something special: a gold swizzle stick. Made and signed by VAN CLEEF & ARPELS New York. 14K yellow gold. 3"long; 3 3/4" when opened. Alice Kwartler ...
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1940s American Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Gold, 14k Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels 18 Karat Yellow Gold Powder Compact
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Marcianise, Marcianise (CE)
SHIPPING POLICY: No additional costs will be added to this order. Shipping costs will be totally covered by the seller (customs duties included). Buyer will be in charge of these cu...
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1950s Retro Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

VCA Paris Sterling Frame with Original Photograph
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in New York, NY
A rarity: a wide-bordered sterling silver picture frame. Made and signed by VAN CLEEF & ARPELS. Inside is an original photograph of an impossibly chic woman, in a contemplative po...
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1960s French Vintage Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

Sterling Silver

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. Circa 1960. The compact is of rectangular shape with fine basket-weave decoration. The fron...
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Mid-20th Century Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

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Van Cleef & Arpels objets d'art and vertu for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Van Cleef's Arpels objets d'art and Vertu. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Van Cleef & Arpels diamond objets d'art and vertu can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 4. This collection contains 22 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Retro and art deco are some of the most popular styles of Van Cleef & Arpels objets d'art and vertu available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. Many customers also consider objets d'art and vertu by and. if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Van Cleef & Arpels objets d'art and vertu can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $3,000 and tops out at $70,000, while pieces like these can sell for $6,359.
Questions About Van Cleef & Arpels Objets d'Art and Vertu
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Van Cleef & Arpels is so expensive because it is a well-known company that has a fantastic reputation. Van Cleef & Arpels are universally renowned for high quality jewelry with a focus on detail. High-profile fans of the French jewelry house over the years have included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and many more. Find an extraordinary range of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    In Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, the red stone is usually Brazilian carnelian, a type of semiprecious gemstone that typically comes from Greece and Asia. The luxury jewelry brand uses the stone in it’s Bouton d’or and Alhambra collections. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The brand Van Cleef & Arpels is a well-known luxury jewelry and watchmaking company. Founded in 1896, the company was known for their timeless style and luxe jewels. In 1968 their Alhambra collection featured a four-leaf clover shape and suddenly that became the symbol for the brand. Shop a collection of expertly vetted vintage and new Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra jewelry from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The term Van Cleef Alhambra means a piece produced by the company Van Cleef & Arpels that features one or more four-leaf clover shapes. It is one of the most notable motifs used by the French jewelry house. Find a variety of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Deciding if a Van Cleef & Arpels watch is worth the investment is really a matter of preference. The brand is a very well respected luxury brand that comes with a high price tag due to its history of quality, flawless gemstones, impeccable style and elegance. You’ll find a range of quality watches by Van Cleef and others on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Van Cleef & Arpels typically uses 18-karat gold. This precious metal is roughly 75 percent pure gold and is the type most commonly used to produce luxury jewelry. You can find a selection of Van Cleef & Arpels gold jewelry on 1stDibs.

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