An enamel, cultured pearl and diamond brooch, Elizabeth Gage,
Lot 734
An enamel, cultured pearl and diamond brooch,
Elizabeth Gage, 1990
Sold for US$ 23,750 inc. premium

The Lauren Bacall Collection

31 Mar 2015, 10:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
An enamel, cultured pearl and diamond brooch,
Elizabeth Gage, 1990
Designed as a yellow, red, green and blue guilloché enamel camel, enhanced by rose-cut diamonds, perched on a mogul-inspired cloisonné plaque of oval outline, enhanced by circular-cut diamonds, extending a baroque cultured pearl measuring approximately 11.90mm; signed Gage, plaque #12501 (indistinct); with maker's mark and signed box; mounted in 18k gold and pitch.
gross weight approximately 69.1 grams; length 3in (7.6cm); (loss to enamel)

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by the original sketch and Elizabeth Gage correspondence, dated March 13, 1990.

    [Lauren Bacall] was a strong woman and she knew her own truth. She was so easy to work with and we shared our inspirations. It was enormous fun designing for her. I shall miss her because as a woman, she was unique. - Elizabeth Gage

    In 1968, award-winning goldsmith Elizabeth Gage received her first major commission from the esteemed house of Cartier. For more than fifty years, Gage has been providing jewelry to her international clientele from her studio in London. Gage is recognized for her attention to detail, and her imaginative use of color and gemstones. She continues to create textures on her works of art with granulation, wirework, satin, hammered and repoussé finishes, and highly engraved enamel work. Gage is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

    Lauren Bacall purchased her first piece from Elizabeth Gage in 1985. Over the next two decades, their relationship flourished. In 1990, Bacall commissioned Gage to create Lot 734, the Mogul inspired camel brooch, which became one of Bacall's favorite pieces. The inception of the brooch was initiated by Bacall when she presented Gage with the camel and asked for it to be incorporated into a jewel. Drawing from her love of gardens, history and architecture, Gage created this unique brooch set with a jeweled camel standing on a colorful and elaborate foliate enamel pedestal enhanced with diamonds and pearl.
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