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"Il n'y a en art, ni passé, ni futur. L'art qui n'est pas dans le présent ne sera jamais." (Pablo Picasso)
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  • 02/19/18--06:51: Sapphire and diamond ring
  • Sapphire and diamond ring

    Lot 248. 20.46 carats Burmese sapphire and diamond ring. Estimate 250,000 - 350,000 USD. Lot sold 300,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 20.46 carats, flanked by 2 bullet-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, size 6¼.  

    Accompanied by AGTA report no. 12011908 stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin; no indications of heating. 

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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  • 02/19/18--07:00: Diamond ring
  • Diamond ring

    Lot 267. 15.83 carats, F color, SI2 clarity Diamond ring. Estimate 250,000 - 300,000 USD. Lot sold 300,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The cushion-shaped diamond weighing 15.83 carats framed by small round diamonds, the shoulders also accented with round diamonds, mounted in platinum, size 6.   

    Accompanied by GIA report no. 14879555 stating that the diamond is F color, SI2 clarity. 

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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    Lot 251. Diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris. Estimate 180,000 — 220,000 USD. Lot sold 282,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The V-shaped openwork collar decorated centrally with 24 flexibly-set pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 20.00 carats, completed by 104 round diamonds weighing approximately 27.80 carats and 242 smaller round diamonds weighing approximately 45.00 carats, mounted in 18 karat gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered M40700, assay marks. With fitted case. En suite with the following lot.   

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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  • 02/19/18--08:35: Emerald and Diamond Necklace
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    Lot 362. Emerald and Diamond NecklaceEstimate 250,000 — 300,000 USD. Lot sold 270,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The front decorated with a fringe of 7 emerald-cut emeralds suspended from a necklace set with 8 additional emerald-cut emeralds alternating with diamond-set foliate clusters, the total emerald weight approximately 55.00 carats, set throughout with 14 marquise-shaped and 372 round diamonds weighing a total of approximately 61.50 carats, mounted in platinum, length 15½ inches.   

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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    Diamond and sapphire panther brooch, Cartier, Paris

    Lot 123. Diamond and sapphire panther brooch, Cartier, Paris. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 USD. Lot sold 180,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The stalking three-dimensional figure decorated with buff-top calibré-cut sapphire spots against a ground of round diamonds, the eyes of pear-shaped emeralds, the nose of carved onyx, mounted in 18 karat goldsigned Cartier, numbered 636529, maker's mark, assay marks.    

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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    Lot 250. Pair of ruby and diamond pendant-earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, circa 1960. Estimate 75,000 — 100,000 USD. Lot sold 204,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The tops of floral cluster design supporting flexible cascading fringes, the whole set with 22 oval-shaped rubies weighing approximately 22.00 carats and 54 round and 10 pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 10.20 carats, mounted in platinum, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered 28083, assay marks, pendants detachable. With signed case.    

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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    Hans Baldung Grien (1484/5-1545), Portrait of a Young Man with a Rosary, 1509. Oil on panel, 51.6 x 36.9 cm, RCIN 405758, Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2018.


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    Lot 72. Emerald and diamond flower brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, New York. Estimate 50,000 - 70,000 USD. Lot sold 114,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's 2007

    The stylized flower set in the center with an emerald-cut emerald weighing 21.61 carats, framed by 15 tapered rectangular-shaped emeralds, the petals set with 54 round diamonds, the stem of calibré-cut emeralds accented with 3 marquise-shaped diamonds, the total diamond weight approximately 9.75 carats, mounted in 18 karat gold, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered N.Y. 27588.   

    Sotheby's. Magnificent Jewels. New York, 24 Apr 2007


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    A fine and rare yellow-and-green 'dragon' bowl, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735)

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    Lot 9. A fine and rare yellow-and-green 'dragon' bowl, mark and period of Yongzheng (1723-1735); 15 cm., 5 7/8 in. Estimate 1,000,000—1,500,000 HKD. Lot Sold 2,420,000 HKD. Photo Sotheby's 2011

    finely potted with wide rounded sides everted at the rim issuing from a narrow tapering foot, engraved on the outside with two striding five-clawed dragons with forked horns, bushy manes and scaly bodies, each chasing a 'flaming pearl', all above a border of crashing waves circling the foot, the designs all picked out in a deep green on a bright yellow ground, the interior left white.

    LiteratureRegina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection

    Note: Yellow-and-green 'dragon' bowls are based on Ming dynasty prototypes and were already produced in the Zhengde, Jiajing and Wanli reigns. A Zhengde example in the Princessehof Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland, is illustrated in Barbara Harrisson, Keramiek uit Azie, Leeuwarden, 1985, pl. 53; another, probably also of the Zhengde reign but with a phags-pa mark is in the British Museum, London, illustrated in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 8:31; and a Jiajing example is illustrated in Soame Jenyns, Ming Pottery and Porcelain, London, 1953, pl. 90A.

    In the Qing dynasty, yellow-and-green 'dragon' bowls are well known from the Kangxi and Qianlong periods, but are rare from the Yongzheng reign. A similar Yongzheng bowl in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is published in Geng Baochang, ed., Gugong Bowuyuan cang gu taoci ciliao xuancui [Selection of ancient ceramic material from the Palace Museum], Beijing, 2005, vol. 2, pl. 141; another bowl of this design from the Riesco collection was included in the Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, Arts Council Gallery, London, 1964, cat. no. 187, pl. 68. For a Kangxi prototype with slightly steeper sides in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco see He Li, Chinese Ceramics. A New Standard Guide, London, 1996, pl. 616.

    Sotheby's. The Meiyintang Collection - An Important Selection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, 07 Apr 11, Hong Kong 


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    Italian (Central Italian), Portrait of a Boy Holding a Book, 1560s. Oil on wood, 27 1/4 × 22 in. (70.5 × 55.8 cm). The Samuel H. Kress Collection, 61.58© 2018 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston