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1950s French Yellow Gold and Diamond Box by Van Cleef & Arpels



An exceptional, fine and impressive vintage French 18-karat yellow gold box by Van Cleef & Arpels; an addition to our diverse ornamental collection. This exceptional vintage French 18 karat yellow gold box has a rectangular, rounded form. The surface of the box is embellished with chased decorated marguerite designs. This exceptional gold and diamond box by Van Cleef & Arpels is fitted with a fine and impressive hinged cover accented with a plain rounded thumbpiece to the anterior edge. The cover is further ornamented with clusters of platinum set eight cut diamonds to alternating chased flower head designs. This exceptional box, crafted by the renowned jeweler and perfume specialist Van Cleef & Arpels, is the finest of its type you could hope to acquire. Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels. Their pieces are known to feature naturalistic designs such as: flowers, animals and fairies. Condition This antique gold and diamond box is an exceptional gauge of gold, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition. The box is set with diamonds displaying a fine brilliance and white color. The French eagle head hallmark to the interior of the box is very clear. Dimensions Length 3.8cm/1.5" Width 2.5cm/1" Height 0.6cm/0.2" Weight 0.6 troy ounce/19.1g Maker: Van Cleef & Arpels Date: circa 1950 Origin: Paris, France. Video: A video of this fine piece is available upon request. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this gold and diamond box by Van Cleef & Arpels. Item Ref. SKU: C1218


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.2 in. (5.08 mm)Width: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Please see main description.
  • Seller Location
    Jesmond, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: C12181stDibs: LU1200217667942

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About Van Cleef & Arpels (Maker)

One of the world’s foremost jewelry houses, Van Cleef & Arpels is particularly noted for a focus on technical virtuosity, craftsmanship and artistry, evident since its beginning. Rather than jewelry whose primary aim was the display of wealth and opulence, Van Cleef & Arpels sought to produce pieces that projected the wearer’s taste and style — winning the house a roster of dedicated, fashion-conscious clients that included the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, Jacqueline Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.

The company was formed a year after the 1895 marriage of Alfred Van Cleef, the son of a gem cutter, to Estelle Arpels, daughter of precious-stones dealer Salomon Arpel. Ten years later, Van Cleef & Arpels opened its first boutique on the Place Vendôme in Paris, setting the march on a square now crowded with dealers in bijouterie. (The company still occupies the New York flagship store opened in 1939 at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street.) Born from a union of expertise in both jewelry making and gem selection, the firm distinguished itself with both the consistency of the color and clarity of its stones and the creativity of its designs. In 1933, Van Cleef & Arpels patented its trademark Mystery Setting — a technique by which gems are fitted into an intricate matrix of slots and “drawers” that keep the setting hidden. Another signal innovation was the Zip necklace, introduced in 1951, which can be worn either around the neck or, with the zipper closed, as a bracelet.

But as much as to the firm’s craftsmanship, clients have been drawn by the insouciance and playfulness of Van Cleef & Arpels designers, as well as their attunement to the cultural climate. After the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the company produced several lavish pieces featuring hieroglyphics and other Egyptian motifs to go along with the geometric Art Deco jewelry of that decade and the next. Following World War II, as symbols of freedom and rebirth, the firm focused on naturalistic forms such as birds, flowers, fruit and flying insects. High society’s 1960s fascination with the Near East and India prompted such pieces as the best-selling Alhambra necklace, popularized by Princess Grace. Lately, attention among collectors and connoisseurs has centered on Van Cleef & Arpels’s quality of workmanship as much as its glamour. The firm was the subject of a 2012 show at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as exhibitions at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in 2013 and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014.

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