Description

    Van Cleef & Arpels Mother-of-Pearl, Black Onyx, Gold Magic Alhambra Watch
    Case: 26 x 26 mm, clover-shaped, 18k gold, gold crown, four screw case closure, ref. HH42047, 136674
    Dial: white mother-of-pearl with gold Dauphine hour and minute hands
    Movement: Swiss, quartz
    Bracelet: mother-of-pearl and black onyx stations, set in 18k gold, completed by a concealed clasp; 7 inches
    Stones: mother-of-pearl stations measuring 12.75 mm to 17.95 mm, alternating with black onyx stations measuring 12.75 mm
    Signed: Van Cleef & Arpels on the case, dial and clasp
    Gross weight: 57.48 grams
    Note: watch is currently in working order


    Estimate: $14,000 - $18,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Mother-of-Pearl, Black Onyx
    Shape(s): Clover-shaped
    Count: 1 - 25

    Metals:
    Gold

    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Condition Notes: Marked Au750, Swiss made, VCA. Comes with signed box.

    Van Cleef & Arpels: Parisian jeweler Alfred Van Cleef opened his salon in partnership with his brothers-in-law, Julien and Charles Arpels, in 1906. The company quickly earned a reputation for using only the highest quality colored gemstones. Their timeless designs employed elegant curves and clean fluid lines; capturing the essence of beauty in motion. Their success was immediate. In 1930, the firm patented the first minaudiere, a fancy purse-like compartmentalized lady’s vanity case. In 1933, Van Cleef and Arpels introduced "invisible setting", or “mystery setting”. This innovative technique took the market by storm. It created the illusion of floating gems, each being fastened by wires from the underside of the piece. It was popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s before reappearing in the 1990s. The company is continues to be family run, managing locations across the globe.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2017
    26th Monday
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