Images from Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels, Oct 1998 auction.
Above, Highly Important Art Deco eighteen-karat gold, rock crystal and enamel temple clock, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, c. 1926, made byb Verger Frères.
Made by Verger Frères, renowned during the 1920's for their spectacular timepieces, the present clock represents the perfect confluence of technical craftsmanship and Art Deco design. Georges Verger achieved fame as the only clock maker besides Cartier who possessed the secret of the famous "mystery clocks" which the firm manufactured for Van Cleef & Arpels. Verger Frères was no less well known, however, for its meticulously and lavishly detailed table clocks, often decorated with exotic motifs. Although the present clock is styled as a Japanese temple door and the dial surround is decorated with grisaille enamel signs of the zodiac in the manner of antique Roman cameos, the motifs blend seamlessly. The clock is a remarkable example of superb craftsmanship and exotic and sophisticated Art Deco design. $200,000- 250,000.
Above, Eighteen-karat gold, rock crystal and diamond bracelet, David Webb.
Above, Suite of eighteen-karat gold, rock crystal, diamond and enamel jewelry, David Webb.