Spectacular vintage Cartier jewel sale at Masterpiece London
LONDON, June 28, 2014 – Masterpiece London, one of the world’s top luxury, art, antique and design fairs, has reported a major sale of a 1912 Cartier diamond corsage by exhibitor Symbolic and Chase for more than $20 million.
A number of important jewels were on sale at Masterpiece, which attracted an array of collectors and celebrities.
Among the standout pieces at the fair, Bond Street jeweller Chatila presented a round brilliant white diamond in excess of 100 carats, for 5 million pounds, and a pink purplish diamond ring for 3 million pounds.
BOGH-ART showcased a 200-carat yellow sapphire necklace for 1.1 million pounds, and a ruby and diamond suite for a similar price.
Yellow sapphire necklace set in 18K yellow gold featuring a 193.91cts Ceylon sapphire with no indication of heat treatment. It is complemented by brilliant and rose cut diamonds totalling over 20cts. Photographer: Saira MacLeod
Celebrity visitors on Preview Day included Charles Saatchi, Jasper Conran, Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Diana Rigg, Tom Ford, artists Howard Hodgkin and Marc Quinn, Hilary and Guy Pelley, and Zandra Rhodes.
Laurence Graff, the “king of diamonds” who owns diamond jewellery shops around the world, was spotted at the show during the patrons’ evening.
Masterpiece has become a major feature of London’s vibrant social calendar in June, and this year presented an extraordinary variety of luxury items for the home, ranging from Impressionist paintings by the likes of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, Lowry scenes of industrial northern England, fabulous vintage clocks (Raffety presented a Queen Anne walnut longcase clock by Daniel Quare), and outstanding vintage watches, including Patek Philippe.
Masterpiece London runs until July 2.