DescriptionMoonstone, Montana Sapphire, Plique-à-Jour Enamel, Platinum Brooch, Tiffany & Co., circa 1907
The brooch features a faceted cushion-shaped moonstone measuring 9.36 x 8.08 4.61 mm and weighing approximately 2.00 carats, enhanced by round-shaped Montana sapphires weighing a total of approximately 0.20 carat, accented by opalescent plique-à-jour enamel, set in platinum, marked Tiffany & Co. likely designed by or under the direction of L.C. Tiffany. Gross weight 7.80 grams.
Dimensions: 1-13/16 inches x 1/2 inch
Note: Louis Comfort Tiffany was a revolutionary of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century. He is known for his preference for using gemstones for their color instead of their intrinsic value. He especially liked to use moonstones in combination with Montana sapphires and complimentary colored enamels. He was one of the first jewelers to experiment with making jewelry entirely from platinum, as opposed to the earlier use of platinum topped gold.
For similar jewelry see: The Jewelry and Enamels of Louis Comfort Tiffany, by Janet Zapata, p. 116.
Property of a Philadelphia Collector
Gem Type: Sapphire, Moonstone
Gem Average Clarity: Fine
Gem Shape: Round-shaped, Oval-shaped
Gem Count: 1 - 25
Overall Condition: Very Good
Notes: A rare and beautiful example of jewelry designed under the direction of L. C. Tiffany. The faceted moonstone is most unusual.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, Tiffany & Co., or “Tiffany,” became an arsenal for the North, producing swords, flags, uniforms, and surgical instruments, and supplying rifles and ammunition from Europe. By the end of the 1860s, the firm was creating its own silver designs – bowls, pitchers, tea services, and other tableware -- for which it received major recognition, including an award for excellence in silverware at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle and the gold medal for jewelry and the silver prize for silverware at this Exposition in 1878. Wealthy U.S. families, such as the Astors, Vanderbilts, Morgans, and Posts, purchased silver and diamonds from Tiffany, and, beyond this hefty endorsement, the company broadened its sales through a mail order catalog, the “Blue Book,” first published in 1845. When Charles L. Tiffany died in 1902, his son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, became the firm’s first official Design Director.
Tiffany solidified its position as both a team-playing American company and an international tastemaker during the twentieth century. With the onset of WW I and WW II, the firm again turned its attention to the war effort by manufacturing airplane parts and surgical instruments. 1940 saw the opening of Tiffany’s new and now legendary store on 5th Avenue, structured like a grand ballroom with special lighting to offset the silver and jewelry. During the post-War decades, Tiffany’s president Walter Hoving brilliantly increased sales by reaching out to a broader customer base: he hired famous designers to create products for the store -- for example, silver jewelry by Frank Gehry, Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, and Jean Schlumberger and stationery by Andy Warhol – and he opened Tiffany stores internationally. Today, Tiffany operates in twenty-two countries and nets sales of over $3.6 billion.
*Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".
Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.
Luxury Real Estate
Opens about 04/27/2018
Opens about 06/14/2018
Opens about 06/27/2018
Opens about 07/02/2018
Luxury Real Estate
Opens about 05/25/2018
Opens about 07/05/2018
Opens about 07/06/2018
Comics & Comic Art
Opens about 07/13/2018
Opens about 07/26/2018
Opens about 07/26/2018
World & Ancient Coins
Opens about 07/23/2018
Nature & Science
Opens about 07/25/2018
Opens about 07/30/2018
Opens about 07/27/2018
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)