For vintage jewellery enthusiasts, the moment an auction catalogue lands is an exciting one. There’s a thrill to be found in seeking out their particular passion amongst the mix of styles and eras: whether it’s important Burmese sapphires, vintage Cartier or an unsigned but impeccably crafted piece of jewellery history.
Fans of Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewellery – the consecutive yet aesthetically diverse decorative movements spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries – will have devoured the hefty catalogue for Beyond Boundaries, the upcoming sale at Christie’s Geneva, filled as it is with 110 objects of their desire.
Subtitled “Magnificent Jewels from a European Collection”, the jewellery is part of an estimated £30millon sale that also includes Impressionist and Modern Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art and African Art and Design, all from the same private collection. It was collected over the course of 25 years by a wealthy couple – he was a fan of modern art, and she of jewellery.