Famed Jewellery Designer Suzanne Belperron's Personal Collection To Be Sold

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Suzanne Belperron © Archives Olivier Baroin

Sotheby’s Geneva has announced that it will offer — in its sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels on 14 May 2012 — the jewellery collection of one of the most important jewellery designers of the 20th century: Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983). Comprising over 60 lots, including the jeweller’s own engagement ring, this unprecedented sale features the most significant collection of jewels by Suzanne Belperron in private hands. The jeweller’s personal collection includes some of her most celebrated designs and very intimate items which illustrate her unique style and creative virtuosity, while also shedding light on her life.

One of the few female jewellery designers and makers of her time, Suzanne Belperron dedicated her life to the art of jewellery. From the 1930s to the mid-1970s, she never stopped creating jewels. Her creations appeared in the most influential fashion magazines of the time, including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and were featured by major photographers such as Cecil Beaton, George Hoyningen-Huene and Horst P. Horst.

bracelet_belperron_christies_5180_north_320x480_709007622_north_545x.jpgHer prestigious cosmopolitan clientele consisted of royal families, aristocrats, industrial tycoons, financial magnates, Hollywood stars, as well as members of the intellectual and artistic elite. It was not rare to see in Suzanne Belperron’s Parisian private salons, the Duke and the Duchess of Windsor, Colette, Jean Cocteau, Nina Ricci, Jeanne Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli or Gary Cooper.

Speaking of the sale, David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Department in Europe and the Middle East and Co -Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland, said: “Suzanne Belperron is arguably the most talented and influential female jeweller of the 20th century and it is a huge honour to conduct this historic sale. We are certain that this important auction will contribute to further highlight the immense talent of this great artist and her important contribution to jewellery”.

Sale details:

Hôtel Beau‐Rivage, 13 quai du Mont Blanc, 1201 Geneva
Jewels From the Personal Collection of Suzanne Belperron
Monday 14 May 2012, 10am
Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels, 14 & 15 May 2012
Information: +41 22 908 48 00

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