Hancocks is known as one of the most prestigious purveyors of jewellery in London, boasting some exceptional examples of exciting creations. One such piece which the Mayfair jeweller will be bringing to TEFAF Maastricht 2020 is the Anglesey tiara, previously owned by the infamous 5th Marquess of Anglesey, Henry Cyril Paget. If you're looking for sizeable diamonds, then Hancocks will also be showcasing a 20.20 carat pear-shaped diamond, described - owing to its incredible beauty - as “the Rembrandt of diamonds,” as well as impressive pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels and Bulgari, and a rare 8.12 carat oval padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring claw set in yellow gold by JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal,) one of the most important jewellers of our time. The ring also features 75 pavé set lilac coloured sapphires edged with a row of diamonds, and the underneath of the gallery is also set with a row of diamonds, on a diamond set band. Hancock’s Director Guy Burton comments: “JAR produces only a small number of designs each year, in the house’s signature unique settings and often in unexpected colour combinations. The ring is a fantastic example of the outstanding workmanship associated with JAR. Its quality is exceptional.”
A New York City-based antique dealer with Russian roots and French heritage, A la Vieille Russie specialises in antique jewellery, Imperial Russian works of art, and objets d’art. The stand-out pieces for their TEFAF presentation include a Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany&Co. suite of peridot decorated earrings and complementing brooch, both with diamonds in yellow gold; a sumptuous pair of Cartier two-tone citrine clips; a René Boivin carved cabochon amethyst and chrysoprase sautoir and matching bracelet circa 1950, as well as an exceptional amethyst collet necklace from 1790.
Symbolic & Chase’s raison d’etre is to present fine jewellery and objects d’art through the lens of an anthropological eye, focusing on the idea of jewellery as art. The dealer will be presenting a JAR ring decorated with a rare 2.49 carat yellowish-green diamond, accented with colourless diamonds in platinum. Alongside this will be a new bracelet by Vamgard - the name which master jeweller Maurizio Fioravantihas designs under. In this piece, Maurizio has created panels of carbon fibre which are embellished with micro mosaic snakes, unfurling next to and clouds and waves of diamonds set in bronze, gold and silver. Ticking the boxes for provenance, Symbolic & Chase are also displaying an important necklace by Harry Winston which was owned by heiress and socialite Christina Onassis. It’s not only the history behind this jewel which makes it significant though - the central pear cut diamond is 38 carats, D-colour and VVS1 clarity.
The treasures which are being brought to TEFAF Maastricht courtesy of another New York jewellery dealer - FD Gallery - are a broad range of jewels spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. Modern master Sabba is represented with a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings in platinum and gold. Created almost a century earlier, FD Gallery is also exhibiting a Boucheron art deco Devant de Corsage Brooch from 1925, incorporating the oriental aesthetic which became popular during this era in fine art; featuring carved lapis lazuli, coral, jade, onyx, and diamonds. The brooch was created for the Paris Exposition de Arts Decoratifs of 1925, and was a collaboration of Boucheron’s finest names - designed by Lucien Hirtz, mounted by Bisson, with lapidary work by Brethiot.
Wartski have chosen to demonstrate their expertise in antique jewellery at TEFAF Maastricht 2020 with a diamond en tremblant spray brooch with old brilliant cut diamonds, set in silver and mounted on yellow gold, circa 1840. Another antique piece which is sure to pique the interest of visitors is a Etruscan revival bracelet by Castellani; decorated with filigree and carnelian intaglios, joined by hinged pearl mounted links, and created circa 1870.
Finally, one of the oldest family-owned antique shops in the world S.J. Phillips will be exhibiting a selection of diamond, ruby and sapphire Cartier jewels and a diamond Henri Vever en tremblant brooch circa 1860, while Veronique Bamps will offer - amongst other jewels - a stunning Pierre Sterle brooch, characteristically arresting with fully set with diamonds in platinum.
In combination with the jewellers attending TEFAF Maastricht 2020, these dealers are set to create an incredible selection of important jewels for aficionados and admirers from all over the world to enjoy between March 7th and 15th.