Van Cleef & Arpels Paris Turquoise, Diamond, Blue Sapphire and Gold Cat Brooch

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A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat gold and platinum brooch with turquoise, diamond, and blue sapphire by Van Cleef & Arpels. The brooch has a turquoise body, 5 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of .05 carats, and a cabochon sapphire eye with an approximate total weight of .20 carats. The whimsical cat was from the VCA ‘La Boutique’ collection, first introduced in 1954. Circa 1960's.

“This brilliant collection of whimsically cartoonish animal clips charmed new customers with their playful expressions and quirky compositions. Still highly detailed and made of precious metal and gemstones, the animated brooches made for great gifts and, because they were a bit more affordable than the Maison’s typically pricey pieces, more people could indulge in these adorable animals. As they added more animals to the collection each year, customers soon found the need to collect these curious creatures, turning them into one of jewelry’s beloved collector’s items.” From “Jewelry In Focus Curious Creatures Of Van Cleef & Arpels La Boutique” “Jewels Du Jour” by Natalie Bos, jewelry blog posted on September 1, 2012.

Similar pictured in Van Cleef & Arpels The Art of High Jewelry, by Evelyne Possémé (editor), Les Arts Decoratifs, 2013, pages 194-

Signed, “Van Cleef & Arpels” “Made in France” “28735.3” French control marks.

(MG #17060)
Details
Place of Origin
France
Date of Manufacture
circa 1960s
Period
1960-1969
Metal
18k Gold
Platinum
Stone
Blue Sapphire
Turquoise
White Diamond
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
1.25 in. W x 2 in. L
3 cm W x 5 cm L
Length
2 in. (5 cm)
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU89981612
Macklowe Gallery Jewelry
(646) 759-9243
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 Located in New York, NY
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