Lot 148

Designed as three rectangular plaques, to an openwork surround set with diamonds and carved rubies, joined by diamond set links, mounted in gold. Stamped 'YARD'.

Gross weight: 53.10 grams

An important and celebrated figure in jewellery history, Raymond Yard rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential American designers of the 20th century. Born in 1885 in Montclair, New Jersey, to a father who was a railroad conductor, Yard started working as a doorman and errand boy for Marcus & Co., an affluent jewellery store in New York City, at the age of 13. During his time there, Yard learned all aspects of the jewellery business, from making it to selling it. He eventually became a sales associate and rose through the ranks to become a general manager. This was a time when newly affluent American industrial families were beginning to patronise high-end luxury stores, including Marcus & Co.

Yard's ingenuity attracted the attention of John D Rockefeller, who encouraged him to start his own business. In 1922, Yard opened a store on 522 Fifth Avenue, and supported by Rockefeller, began catering to some of New York's most prominent and elite families, including the Vanderbilts, Woolworths, DuPonts, Flaglers and Havemeyers. Even Hollywood found Yard's designs irresistible and he had a life-long customer in Joan Crawford.

Through his creative and refined designs, Yard elevated Art Deco to a new level. Some of his most recognisable creations include classic Art Deco clips and bracelets, and the highly collectible rabbit waiter brooches. The Yard company's designs are characterised by their use of high-quality gems and intricate settings, combined with a dramatic flair, a sense of whimsy and a timeless style, that has made it one of the most sought-after brands worldwide.

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  Lot 148 of 174  

15-16 OCTOBER 2019

$17,145 - 22,860
Rs 12,00,000 - 16,00,000



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