Concurrent with its Contemporary Art and Impressionist & Modern Art sales, Sotheby’s New York will present an expansive collection of jewelry by Alexandre Reza from November 2 to 14. In an unusual move for the auction house, the pieces aren’t for sale; they are on display to illustrate the Parisian jewelry house’s extraordinary cache of gemstones and European craft over the past 50 years. The exhibition The Extraordinary Jewelry of Alexandre Reza features a vast selection of jewelry, from Reza’s early designs in the 1960s through to contemporary pieces created over the past 3 years by his son Olivier. Alexandre retired several years ago, and Olivier manages the Place Vendôme salon today.
“Alexandre Reza’s legacy forms an integral and important part of the history of postwar jewelry,” saysDavid Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s jewelry division for Europe and the Middle East.
The exhibition will feature 30 jewelry vignettes, each fitting into one of three overarching themes. One such vignette is a jewelry suite with more than 102 carats of untreated Colombian emeralds in a classical design, a 134-carat Ceylon sapphire set in a large brooch and surrounded by diamonds, and a natural-pearl necklace with a pear-shaped 29-carat natural pearl drop. Among the new pieces by Olivier Reza are earrings comprising four exceptional Colombian emeralds weighing a total of 51 carats and surrounded by baguette-cut diamonds. Following the New York engagement, the collection will travel to Sotheby’s in London, Doha, and Beijing next year. (www.sothebys.com; www.alexandrereza.com)