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Phillips’ Upcoming Auction Is an Art Deco Dream


Phillips Geneva is offering over 120 items from a private collection, including pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lacloche Frères, and other noteworthy jewelers, in its Precious Art Deco Objects sale on Nov. 6.

“We are privileged to bring such a rare and comprehensive art deco collection to the market,” said Benoît Repellin, Phillips’ worldwide head of jewelry, in a statement. “This lovingly assembled collection pays homage to the discerning eye of the collector, who thoughtfully selected the finest jewelry houses and designers of the art deco period, capturing the diverse styles and trends of the era, from elaborate and bejeweled designs to those with clean lines and geometric forms by Jean Després and Raymond Templier.”

Leading the sale is a 1920s Tiffany & Co. desk clock that exemplifies the style, craftsmanship, and opulence of the art deco era. We take a closer look at this piece and other highlights from the sale below (estimates given in U.S. dollars and Swiss francs, CHF).

Tiffany clock
Tiffany & Co. desk timepiece with onyx, enamel, rock crystal, jade, and diamond, estimate $67,800–$113,000 (CHF 60,000–100,000)

Strauss cases

Strauss cases
Strauss, Allard & Meyer circa 1920s cigarette and vanity cases with jadeite, amethyst, and diamonds on front (top) and jadeite, enamel, and diamonds on back (below), estimate $67,800–$113,000 (CHF 60,000–100,000)
Lacloche freres clock
Lacloche Frères desk timepiece (circa 1920s) with lacquer and nephrite, estimate $56,500–$90,400 (CHF 50,000–80,000)
Cartier case
Cartier vanity case (circa 1920s) with lacquer, mother-of-pearl, and ruby, sapphire and emerald cabochons, on a gold, jadeite, lapis lazuli, and onyx chain, estimate $44,600–66,900 (CHF 40,000–60,000)
Grogan and Makowsky clock
Grogan and Makowsky circa 1925 desk clock (also pictured at top) with nephrite, mother-of-pearl, onyx, enamel, and diamond, estimate $45,200–$67,800 (CHF 40,000–60,000)
Dunhill lighter
Dunhill lighter (circa 1920s) in gold with enamel and diamonds, estimate $3,400–$5,600 (CHF 3,000–5,000)

(Photos courtesy of Phillips)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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