Monaco the rock sparkles
A seemingly endless sale with more than 600 lots of jewellery, where it would seem almost impossible not to find something to tickle your fancy… The Hôtel des ventes de Monte-Carlo auction house has gathered together a fascinating selection of pieces for its marathon sale. A far cry from the usual line-up of great names in jewellery, it puts the spotlight on top quality jewels and stones, including a selection of diamonds. One of these, a 1.53 ct square emerald-cut Fancy Intense Pink (€200,000/250,000), is offered in its case from the Argyle mine in Australia – incidentally, the largest source of pink diamonds in the world. We find another diamond, pear-shaped and champagne-coloured (10.13 ct), estimated at €80,000/120,000. One of the finest pieces is a platinum ring set with a cushion-cut padparadja-coloured Tanzanian sapphire (12.32 ct) flanked by two troida-cut diamonds, estimated at around €300,000 – a little less than for a pair of girandole earrings in white gold, ornamented with cushion-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped diamond bedecked with diamond drops. Best worn on their own, as statement pieces, for special occasions!
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The Louvre is thinking big. With its new spaces dedicated to art from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, the Parisian Museum provides a lesson on style, paying splendid homage to the French way of life and expertise. From the strong hues of the absolute rule of the Sun King to the livelier, more varied colours of the "Beloved's" reign and the softer tones of his successor's times, the Musée du Louvre’s new rooms dedicated to the arts of three Louis of France lack neither panache nor typically French rigour as far as museography is concerned.…
While the capital takes its summer break, auctions wend their way to the seaside. Monaco stages its traditional jewellery, vintage and modern/contemporary art sales, and Deauville a number of events focusing on the horse.
Asian week produced some substantial results, particularly with Chinese objects; also some excellent bids for ethnic and contemporary art.
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