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Lot 364: A Diamond and Gold Clip Brooch, Sterlé

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LOT 364: A DIAMOND AND GOLD CLIP BROOCH, STERLé

The elegant bird-of-paradise fashioned with elaborate overlapping plumage and accented by round diamonds, the wirework neck and head with a slender diamond-set beak, to marquise-cut diamond eyes, mounted in matte textured and polished 18k white and yellow gold, signed Sterlé, Paris, numbered 5,977, with French assay marks


Estimate
$3,000 — 4,000 CAD
$2,340 — 3,120 USD
€1,950 — 2,600 EUR

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IMPORTANT JEWELS | SPRING 2019
JUNE 23 2019

WINDSOR ARMS HOTEL
18 St. Thomas Street, Toronto
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Sterlé

Pierre Sterlé founded his company in 1934, in Paris. From 1934 to 1939 Sterlé created and made jewellery for houses such as Boucheron, Chaumet, Kirby, Ostertag and Puiforcat. At this time, many fashionable Parisians started to know the way to his atelier. Sterlé was adamant that he wasn't going to exhibit his work in any shop window. The renowned French writer Colette mentioned Sterlé's jewels in some of her books. Through the 1950's Sterlé was invited to Egypt by King Farouk and to Brazil where he was welcomed by President Vargas. The wife of the Maharaja of Baroda ordered some jewels and an exiled Egyptian queen asked Sterlé to remodel her crown jewels. Sterlé received, in 1953, '54, and '55, the prestigious 'Diamond Award' from De Beers. Being an avid reader, in 1960, Sterl? collaborated with Salvador Dali for a book cover. He made it in bronze and covered it with gold, gemstones and pearls. It was called the 'Livre de L'Apocalypse'. It was unique and illustrated by all of the contemporary painters of the time. In 1961, Sterl? started selling most of his creations to the 'Maison Chaumet'. An artist with exceptional creativity, and modest business skills, by 1976 Sterl? was forced to declare bankruptcy and liquidate his stock. Chaumet purchased most of his creations and signed anything that Sterl? forgot to mark, including jewels dating back to the early 1960's. Sterlé remained employed at Chaumet as a 'Technical consultant', until his death in 1978.

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