Verdura & Belperron to Exhibit for the First Time at TEFAF Maastricht 2016
Highlighting masterwork from the Duke Fulco di Verdura and Suzanne Belperron
March 11-20, 2016
New York, NY (December 28, 2015): Verdura and Belperron announced this month that it will exhibit for the first time at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art fair, taking place in the Netherlands from March 11-20, 2016. In its debut year at TEFAF Maastricht, Verdura and Belperron will showcase both new and vintage jewelry highlighting each house’s signature design. Also on display will be several pieces from their respective Museum Collections. “We couldn’t be more excited to be exhibiting at TEFAF Maastricht for the first time, presenting our finest works to the world’s finest audience of collectors,” commented Nico Landrigan, Verdura and Belperron President.
Highlights from Verdura include the special edition limited edition Theodora Cuff, recently introduced to mark Verdura’s 75th Anniversary. Inspired by a Byzantine mosaic of Empress Theodora, Duke Fulco di Verdura’s iconoclastic motif represents his 1930 break from the status quo of platinum and diamond jewelry. Verdura, with Coco Chanel as his muse, introduced this revolutionary design, gemstones pressed into yellow gold in splendid juxtaposition. A trio of large gems in high relief – 9 carat sapphire, 5 carat emerald and 5 carat amethyst - is set among 31 stones of every shape and color, on a hinged cuff of 18K gold and black enamel. Limited edition of 200; signed and numbered.
Highlights from Belperron include the Leaf Coronet Cuff. From the vast design archive of Suzanne Belperron, the Leaf Coronet Cuff epitomizes Belperron’s pioneering aesthetic: sensual, tactile and arrestingly modern. This diamond-studded platinum cuff reflects her signature sculptural style, with articulated, diamond-set rock crystal leaves arrayed to form a tribal coronet. Belperron became known for combining gemstones and precious metal without regard for their intrinsic value, focusing instead on the beauty of each combination. Asked why she never signed her work, she stated “My style is my signature.”
Two exceptional highlights from Verdura’s Museum Collection will be making their first-ever appearance on the Continent to mark Verdura’s debut at TEFAF in Maastricht: the Byzantine Maltese Cross Cuffs, designed for Coco Chanel by Duke Fulco di Verdura circa 1930, and the exceptional cabochon ruby and diamond “Wrapped Heart” brooch. The wrapped heart design was commissioned by Hollywood legend Tyrone Power, who asked the Duke to “gift wrap” his heart to give his wife Annabella on Christmas, 1941. The resulting “Wrapped” Heart Brooch design celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and endures as one of the most iconic pieces of Verdura’s collection.
Verdura recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, having been established in New York in 1939 by Duke Fulco di Verdura, with the financial backing of Cole Porter and Vincent Astor. Fulco began designing jewelry in 1920s Paris with Coco Chanel, for whom he created his signature Maltese Cross Cuffs. After venturing to America and opening on Fifth Avenue in 1939, Verdura quickly gained a following among New York's best dressed, including style icons like Diana Vreeland and Babe Paley, and Hollywood screen legends such as Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Today Verdura continues to create jewels from the duke’s archive of nearly ten thousand designs and is widely recognized among collectors and jewelry cognoscenti for its bold but understated “chic.”
In the pantheon of master jewelers of the early twentieth century, Suzanne Belperron (1900-1983) stands apart as the only woman. After beginning her career with Boivin in 1919, she pioneered a new aesthetic in jewelry: sensual, tactile and arrestingly modern. With influential clients such as Elsa Schiaparelli, the Duchess of Windsor and Diana Vreeland, Belperron is widely recognized as one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Asked why she never signed her jewelry, she replied “My style is my signature.” Belperron LLC recently opened its first flagship salon in over forty years, featuring vintage Belperron jewels and new pieces created from her archive of over 9,200 designs.
TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art fair, is renowned for its commitment to excellence, expertise and elegance. This is reflected not only in the magnificent range of rare works that are offered for sale at the fair, which will be held in the MECC Maastricht from 11-20 March, 2016, but also in the number of art collectors, both private and institutional, that regard TEFAF as a must-see event in the art market calendar.