A necklace with ruby and diamonds of Maubussin: it’s been presented at Tefaf by SJ Phillips ♦ ︎
At Tefaf, the fair in Maastricht (Holland) dedicated to antiques and not only, among the many antique, vintage and contemporary jewels stood out some pieces by SJ Phillips. Starting from a three-row necklace of turquoise and lapis lazuli, with a pierced oval in the center and carved with a floral scroll pattern, mounted in gold. But the focus was also on a necklace, Indian inspired, designed and created by the French maison Mauboussin in Paris in 1930, with cabochon rubies, square diamonds, circular and baguette cut, mounted on platinum. According to jewelry historians, in the Thirties Mauboussin was considered the most fashionable Maison. And between 1928 and 1931 in his store on Rue de Choiseul, in Paris, he hosted three special exhibitions, each dedicated to a precious stone: emerald, ruby (as in the case of the necklace) and diamond. For the record: the necklace has been put on sale for 5.5 million dollars.
Sj Phillips is a company specializing in exceptional antique jewelry based in London. And at Tefaf also showed other, like a necklace that is dated even 1770. The style is rococo. It is composed of a cross, with asymmetrical floral motifs and combines the religious symbol with an interest in science, especially botany, which at that time was a new field of study thanks to the Swedish scholar Linnaeus. Federico Graglia