In The Salerooms: Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Flower Brooch fetches €50,000 at auction


ok, no claws! The Van Cleef & Arpels sapphire flower brooch (lot 107: estimate €30,000-50,000) in Adam’s Fine Jewelery and Watches Auction appears to float above anything to which it is attached, with no visible means of support.

It is an example of the famous “mystery setting” developed by goldsmith Alfred Langlois and patented by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1933.

According to Adam’s Claire-Laurence Mestrallet, the setting is simple in concept but difficult to execute. The “secret” behind the mysterious setting is to crush the stones into small, even pieces that can be precisely aligned, thus fitting them into a grid.

A keystone is set into the main structure of the piece, locking all stones securely in place. The auction also includes two pieces by the pre-revolutionary Russian silversmith Andrei Bragin: a bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds (lot 39: €2,000-3,000) and a gold cigarette case (lot 40: €4,500-5,500). ). See

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Dragonredi suction 2an artwork by Cork-born artist Fin Dac, also known as Finbarr Notte, more than doubled its top estimate when it was released on March 2.

Dac is best known for large-scale murals in cities around the world. Much of his work is based on positive images of Eurasian women, and he describes himself as a painter of the Urban Aesthetics, a painting style that differs from the usual visual language of street art, “a modern interpretation of the 19th-century art movement”. See


Whiskey performed well at Dolan’s Art Auction House with a 30 year old Redbreast Dream Cask Irish Whiskey (Lot 1: estimated €900-1,300) selling for €2,700 at the Irish Art, Whiskeys and Antiques auction on 15th August became.

The catalog described the whiskey as “a unique marriage of two 30 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys, the Double Cask Edition. barrel no. 33794 and cask no. 48656, laid down 1991”.

The auction’s top lot, a selection of Midleton Irish Whiskeys (Lot 7: c. €2,200-3,200), sold for €2,900, while a Midleton Irish Whiskey, 2015 (Lot 41: c. €600-800) fetched 1,400 €. See In The Salerooms: Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Flower Brooch fetches €50,000 at auction

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