Description: Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2006. This collar is similar to the ruff/betsy style used in the Empire Period. It is not as large as the collars used then but still makes a statement.
High carat gold ring, circa 1798 -1800, containing a virtuoso micro-ivory carving of warships engaged in battle, with cannons blazing. The vessels are set on a cobalt blue glass ground, in an octagonal glazed compartment, within a seed pearl surround.
Smock; English, 1575-1585. In Queen Elizabeth I's New Year's Gifts of 1588-9, this entry is listed: 'one smock of fyne Holland cloth, fair wrought with black silk'. The embroidery on this pictured smock (V&A Museum) includes an eglantine rose and a Tudor rose; the Queen was given many similar blackwork garments.
A diamond 'colibri' bird of paradise hatpin, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1921, FOOTNOTES In the 1920s Van Cleef & Arpels made a series of brooches and hat pins in the form of exotic birds set with rose-cut diamonds in platinum, some with detachable natural feathers, c.f. Editions Paris-Musées, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris 1992, p.154, catalogue no.237 Oiseau de Paradis clip, 1927, and no. 238 Colibri clip, 1925.
Evening cape | Cristóbal Balenciaga (circa 1963) This evening cape by Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895–1972) is made from white gazar. It is double-breasted with four covered buttons and has a deep flounce seam and inset pocket in the flounce. It was designed to be worn with matching dress and is typical of the pared-down elegance of his creations of the 1960s.
A DIAMOND TIARA. In the garland style, designed as a rose-cut and oldmine-cut diamond flower spray with three oldmine-cut and rose-cut diamond "en tremblant" flowerheads, each set with an old european-cut diamond weighing 2.22, 2.61 and 3.21 carats; with extra fittings to be worn as three brooches, the mounting has been rodiated; late XIX century