Hélène Rochas’ jewellery on sale at Christies
Christie’s is putting 18 pieces of jewellery from the collection of Hélène Rochas, who died in Paris in 2011, on sale on 12 November in Geneva.
Last September, Christie’s had already auctioned off the furniture from her sumptuous 400 square metre Parisian flat, located not far from Yves Saint Laurent’s flat.
Among the jewellery to be sold soon are rare pieces signed by famous names such as René Boivin, Cartier, Van cleef and Arpels…
She met her future husband at the age of 17. Marcel Rochas, 25 years her senior, was already an internationally renowned couturier. At their wedding, he offered her a perfume specially composed for her, called “Femme”, a perfume that was to be successful when it was launched in 1944. In 1953, the fashion house is closed.
Two years later, on the death of her husband, Hélène Rochas, only 28 years old, took over the perfume company which was then to experience strong development, including internationally, with the launch of several successful perfumes such as Madame Rochas.
A woman of great beauty, she was the muse of great couturiers and Andy Warhol painted a portrait of her in 1975. A patron of the arts, she was also known for the sumptuous parties she gave.
She retired from public life a few years before her death, which occurred in her 84th year.
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