This July, in our auction of Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu, we are delighted to offer 25 lots from the collection of 1970 jet set Anglo-Peruvian model Susy Dyson, who Helmut Newton considered to have 'a perfect body'. The jewellery collection includes pieces by the renowned Parisian jeweller René Boivin (Lot 246) and Cartier (Lots 240-242), which with their bright colours embody the high life of the 1970s.
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Susy Dyson at the Las Hadas resort inauguration in Manzanillo, Mexico
Susy Dyson was born in Peru in the 1950s to an English father and Peruvian mother. She was discovered in Marbella aged 16 by the American-Spanish socialite and CIA spy Countess Aileen de Romanones, who arranged for American photographer Henry Clarke to photograph Susy for the cover of American Vogue. Susy then embarked on a whirlwind 'Jet Set' lifestyle during the 1970s, and became a favourite model for Yves Saint Laurent, Armani, Karl Lagerfeld and Isse Miyake, as well as appearing several times in French Vogue. Susy appeared on the bottle of Karl Lagerfeld's perfume Chloe and she also starred in Fendi's short fashion film 'L'Histoire De L'Eau', which was filmed amongst many famous Roman landmarks.
Susy Dyson on the set of the movie "Le Louet" with comedian Pierre Richard, written and directed by Francis Veber
Susy spent much of this time in Paris, and was based in her apartment on the Quai D'Orsay, overlooking the Seine. It was in this apartment that she was photographed by Helmut Newton for his book 'Nuits Blanches'. Susy has also appeared in Anna Piaggi's 'Lagerfeld Sketchbook' and Carlo Ducci's 'Fendi Roma' published by Assouline. Her society friends included the British actress Deborah Kerr; the German playboy and heir to the Opel Car business, Gunter Sachs, and the record mogul boss of A&M records, Gil Friesen. One of her closest companions and confidents was Count Frédéric Chandon de Briailles, chairman of the Moët-Hennessy group and heir to the Moët & Chandon champagne fortune. Both Count Frédéric and Susy were avid patrons of the artist jewellery atelier, Rene Boivin, whose designs and mastery of the jeweller's craft they both deeply admired.
Cartier, 1980s enamel hinged bangles
Included in the sale are three cartier 1980s enamel hinged bangles, available in green (Lot 240), orange (Lot 241) and blue (Lot 242). The sophisticated and elegant design make these bangles a stunning combination stacked as a trio or worn individually.
Lots 240-242: Cartier, 1980s enamel hinged bangles | Est. £1,500-2,000 (+ fees)
French coral and nephrite bead necklace
Also from the collection of Susy Dyson is Lot 231, a French coral and nephrite bead necklace. The bright orange carved coral orb is adorned with quatrefoil foliate decoration and provides a bright pop of colour against the nephrite jade green beads which form a tassel enhanced with further coral beads. The necklace has a polished hook clasp stamped with French poinçons, including lozenge maker's mark S PB.
Lot 231: French coral and nephrite bead necklace | Est. £800-1,200 (+ fees)
René Boivin, a diamond, gold coloured and cultured pearl bracelet
Lot 246, is beautiful diamond, gold coloured and cultured pearl bracelet by Parisian jeweller René Boivin. The multi strand oval freshwater pearl bracelet has pavé set brilliant cut diamond and tapered textured gold coloured connectors to chevron link chains with a pavé set brilliant cut diamond hook and brilliant cut diamond and cultured freshwater pearl tassel clasp. The bracelet is approximately 1.52 carats total, it is signed R.BOIVIN and stamped with French poinçons.
Lot 246: René Boivin, a diamond, gold coloured and cultured pearl bracelet | Est. £3,000-5,000 (+ fees)
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Wednesday 12 July, 10.30am BST
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
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