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Brooch fashioned in 18 carat gold, diamonds and emeralds made by Georges Lenfant for Van Cleef & Arpels, £26,000 at Elmwood’s.

This striking retro brooch fashioned in 18 carat gold, diamonds and emeralds as the head of a roaring lion was made by Georges Lenfant for Van Cleef & Arpels. Although signed to the detachable brooch clip fitting for VCA, the French assay marks are for Lenfant.

A brooch of the same design sold for $38,000 at Sotheby’s New York in 2017.

This one, offered by Elmwood’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Notting Hill, London on May 21, went comfortably within estimate at £26,000 to a private collector.