PARIS — Sotheby’s is auctioning 26 pieces of jewelry from Buccellati on Oct. 29 in Paris, coinciding with the Italian brand’s 100th anniversary, as well as a selection of high French jewelry.
Exhibited at the auction house in Paris from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, vintage necklaces from Buccellati will also be shown with 21 historic pieces from the house, along with pieces from other French brands including Van Cleef & Arpels, Suzanne Belperron, Cartier and Boucheron.
Buccellati last month joined the stable of high-end watches and jewelry brands owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont. The Swiss luxury group bought the historic Italian jeweler from Chinese investor Gangtai, which had taken over the company in 2017. Family members remain involved in the jeweler, including global communications director Maria Cristina Buccellati and artistic director Andrea Buccellati. The house recently opened a sprawling new store on the Rue Saint-Honoré, not far from its former spot on the Place Vendôme.
Pieces up for auction at Sotheby’s include the Gran Mogol necklace, designed by Gianmaria Buccellati in 1992, and influenced by the style of Mughal emperors ruling India from the 16th to the 18th centuries, merged with Buccellati’s signature renaissance flavor. Mixing aquamarines with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, it is estimated at between 16,000 euros and 24,000 euros.
Following the sale of Buccellati jewelry, Sotheby’s will sell pieces from large French houses, including designs by Suzanne Belperron, Cartier and Boucheron and around 30 pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels.
There will be a Sterlé flower brooch made from conch mother-of-pearl flower petals with amethysts and turquoise from the Sixties, estimated at upward of 26,000 euros; a gold and citrine cuff link by Belperron, estimated at more than 15,000 euros, and flower-shaped diamond earrings with dangling, removable pine-cone shapes from Van Cleef & Arpels.
“This partnership is an honor for both prestigious houses, Buccellati and Sotheby’s, which share the same traditions and values, and are combining their experience and savoir-faire,” said Andrea Buccellati.
Sotheby’s was recently acquired by French telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi.