The Jewels of the late Duchess of Windsor sold for the benefit of The Pasteur Institute

The Jewels of the late Duchess of Windsor sold for the benefit of The Pasteur Institute
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Introduction by Nicholas Rayner.

Geneva. Sotheby's. 2nd & 3rd April 1987. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. Unpaginated [c.200 pages]. Illustrated throughout in colour, with b&w archival photographs. 275 x 220mm (10 x 8"). 1.1kg. English. Fine.

The auction catalogue for the historic sale of the Duchess of Windsor's jewels at Sotheby's in 1987. Throughout their life together the Duke and Duchess had commissioned jewellery from the top makers of twentieth-century. As a fashion icon of her day, the styles that the Duchess wore set new trends in jewellery design. Cartier, David Webb, Darde & Fils, Van Cleef & Arpels, Seamen Schepps, Verdura, Harry Winston and Belperron are some of the designers featured in the sale. Nearly all the pieces are illustrated in colour and include bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, cufflinks, brooches, pins, buttons and evening bags. The Duke's own accessories (tie-pins, seal boxes, cigarette cases, cufflinks, snuff boxes, photo frames, swords, watches, sporrans and buckles) were also offered for sale.