Diamond, Onyx and Emerald Winking Cat Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels
A lovely mid-century brooch, ‘Chat Malicieux’ by Van Cleef & Arpels. Featuring a popular in past century motif of a blinking cat, this multigem creation incorporates onyx and emerald cabochons alongside diamond and ruby accents, all inlaid in 18 carat textured yellow gold. French assay and maker’s marks.
Van Cleef and Arpels was founded in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef, and his uncle-by-marriage, Salomon Arpels. The duo opened their first shop in Paris. Today the jeweller’s flag ship can still be found in Paris at 22 Place Vendome, where the Maisons’ fine collection and elegant designs first bought delight to Parisian high society. The demand from their glamorous clientele was met by the Maison opening further shops in the glamorous locations of Nice and Cannes. In the 20th century the jeweller’s popularity spread over the Atlantic, so that a New York store opened in 1942.
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