SPECTACULAR INDIAN DIAMOND NECKLACE In the Parke-Bernet sale on 1 April 1971, Doris Duke purchased lot 80 for $7,250, lot 81 for $14,000 and lot 82 for $62,500.
INDIAN DIAMOND NECKLACE of DORIS DUKE COLLECTION

THE DORIS DUKE COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT JEWELRY

Literature Stefano Papi and Alexandra Rhodes, "Famous Jewelry Collectors", Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1999, page 174-175

In the Parke-Bernet sale on 1 April 1971, Doris Duke purchased lot 80 for $7,250, lot 81 for $14,000 and lot 82 for $62,500.
She likely combined the three lots (a pendant clip, earrings and necklace), to create the present necklace with a large central chandelier-style pendant. The sale that she purchased these lots from,
"The Important Jewelry Collection of Madame Ganna Walska" was a single-owner sale of the flamboyant Polish soprano, Ganna Walska, (b. 1887). It is interesting to note that Walska apparently bought the necklace from Cartier in the early 1930s and altered it to her taste. When the necklace went up for auction in 1971, the necklace appeared quite different but with the same large foil-backed diamonds, each in the original circular-cut diamond borders.

 

The Duke Collection:

EXQUISITE ART DECO DIAMOND AND ENAMEL EVENING BAG, BY CARTIER
DIAMOND HAIR SLIDES, BY CARTIER
MAGNIFICENT BELLE EPOQUE DIAMOND AND PEARL PENDANT NECKLACE, BY CARTIER
SPECTACULAR INDIAN DIAMOND NECKLACE
MAGNIFICENT ART DECO DIAMOND BRACELET, BY CARTIER
ELEGANT DIAMOND CLIP BROOCH, BY DAVID WEBB
EXQUISITE DIAMOND RING, BY TIFFANY & CO
IMPORTANT PAIR OF ART DECO DIAMOND BRACELETS, BY CARTIER
ELEGANT SAPPHIRE, DIAMOND AND SEED PEARL BRACELET, BY CARTIER
A PAIR OF DIAMOND AND CULTURED PEARL EAR PENDANTS, BY DAVID WEBB
AN ART DECO PEARL AND DIAMOND BRACELET, BY CARTIER
MAGNIFICENT TWO-STRAND EMERALD NECKLACE
AN ART DECO EMERALD, PEARL AND DIAMOND CLIP BROOCH, BY CARTIER
AN EXQUISITE ART DECO EMERALD AND DIAMOND BRACELET, BY CARTIER
A PAIR OF DIAMOND AND EMERALD EAR PENDANTS, BY DAVID WEBB
A MAGNIFICENT SINGLE-STRAND EMERALD NECKLACE
A SPECTACULAR RUBY AND CULTURED PEARL NECKLACE, BY DAVID WEBB
VERDURA BROOCH
RETRO DIAMOND AND GOLD FEATHER BROOCH, BY FULCO DI VERDURA
DIAMOND, TURQUOISE, FRESHWATER PEARL AND GOLD INDIAN HEAD BROOCH,
BY FULCO DI VERDURA

RETRO SAPPHIRE, DIAMOND AND GOLD CUFF BRACELET, BY CARTIER
MULTI-STRAND SEED PEARL NECKLACE
A PAIR OF RUBY AND DIAMOND PENDANTS, BY DAVID WEBB

 

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