Magnificent Art Deco jewellery that previously belonged to 20th century Society Queen & Fashion Icon Daisy Fellowes will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s London Spring Sale of Fine Jewels on March 26th, 2014.
An enamel, rock crystal and seed pearl clip, probably made in Jaipur in the early 20th century, speaks of her penchant for exotic Indian jewels, which were all the rage in the 1930s and 40s. Designed as a peacock, it is set with foiled back rock crystal and yellow gold foliage motifs from which is suspended a seed pearl fringe. The three other pieces on offer from Daisy’s collection include an emerald, ruby and diamond ring, a pair of ruby, emerald and diamond earrings from the 1950s and a gold, emerald and pearl ring/bracelet.
Daisy Fellowes, the Hon. Mrs. Reginald Fellowes (née Marguerite Séverine Philippine Decazes de Glücksberg, (1890-1962)), was a Singer Sewing Machine heiress who, gifted with both wealth and beauty, became a celebrated 20th-century society figure. Fellowes was one of the most daring fashion plates of the 20th century, arguably the most important patron of the surrealist couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and a friend of the jeweller Suzanne Belperron. Her fashion icon status made her the Paris Editor of American Harper’s Bazaar.
Other highlights of Sotheby’s Spring Sale include a selection of Art Deco pieces by high-profile jewellers, including a 1920s diamond bracelet by Cartier and a Van Cleef & Arpels cabochon emerald and diamond ring dating from the 1930s.
Among the 300 pieces to be auctioned on 26 March 2014 are a number of antique jewels from the 18th and 19th centuries. The collectable selection includes a natural pearl and diamond necklace from the late 19th century and a pair of pendant earrings from the late 18th century.