Phillips Launches a New Private Selling Platform for Jewellery
Including a Unique Collaboration with Shaun Leane, Presenting Bespoke Fine and High Jewellery for Private Sale Online
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24 SEPTEMBER 2020 – Phillips is proud to launch Flawless, a new online destination offering exceptional jewels for immediate purchase, located on Phillips.com. Marking the next exciting step for the company’s fast-growing Jewels department, the launch of Flawless will showcase 12 high and fine jewellery creations by Shaun Leane, available for private sale from 24 September 2020. A skilled craftsman, innovator and visionary, Leane has sought to redefine his craft and is celebrated world-wide for his modern romantic jewels that push the boundaries of contemporary design. The collection includes Leane’s most iconic fine and high jewellery designs, as well as new bespoke pieces, created to mark the 21st anniversary of the House of Shaun Leane. The inaugural offering on Flawless also includes jewels by renowned houses including Cartier, Chaumet, Mauboussin, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Paul Redmayne, Head of Private Sales, Jewellery, said, “Dovetailing with Phillips’ global Jewels department, Flawless provides an additional platform for both online and offline sales for anything from a 1 carat engagement ring, a 10 carat Vivid Pink diamond, or an Art Deco Tutti Frutti Cartier bracelet, thus enabling us to engage instantly with collectors 365 days a year in the medium of their choice – WhatsApp, WeChat, text, email, phone, etc. In addition, Flawless will showcase the jewellers of today and tomorrow, giving them their rightful voice in what is traditionally a heritage market. As we continue our mission of championing the best in jewellery design, it is an honour to celebrate the launch with 12 exceptional jewels created by Shaun Leane, a remarkable innovator and trailblazer. His genre-defining jewels have a powerful, emotive and often poignant beauty – reflecting the romance, unstoppable force and compelling contradictions of the natural world.”
Phillips is delighted to partner with Shaun Leane, starting with the 12 jewels he has curated for Flawless. This coincides with the recent launch of the book Shaun Leane, published by ACC Art Books, chronicling Leane’s illustrious career and featuring essays by gemologist and jewellery historian Joanna Hardy, V&A fashion curator Claire Wilcox, and jewellery writer, historian and journalist Vivienne Becker. This collaboration will continue into 2021, with a selling exhibition dedicated to his work taking place in London and New York, the dates for which will be announced in the coming months.
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Shaun Leane says of the jewels featured on Phillips Flawless, “I see today’s woman as a romantic warrior, graceful, yet also full of strength, conviction and courage. I aim to intensify the power of jewellery and create my jewels to provoke different emotions – confidence, fragility, seduction and protection – and to deliver a sense of inner strength and identity. Above all, I want my jewels to give a woman the freedom to be who she wants to be.
I am delighted to partner with Phillips on the launch of Flawless – it is a wonderful platform to showcase our fine and high jewellery, and the start of an exciting journey. Their unrivalled reputation for celebrating pioneers of contemporary art and design is a deeply flattering testament to my work and it will be a huge honour to exhibit in such a dynamic and prestigious setting in 2021, as we continue to celebrate jewellery as one of today's most powerful and energetic art forms”.
Phillips Jewels have led the way in showcasing some of the leading voices of the contemporary jewellery world, and now it is moving beyond physical exhibitions to offer jewellery and gemstones for private sale digitally through the Flawless webpage. The curated programme of sought-after pieces for private sale and upcoming private selling exhibitions is informed by Phillips’ understanding of what the market demands. Flawless also works on specific requests from private individuals and collectors, to family offices and organisations – on both sourcing and selling – from engagement rings to investment grade blue and pink diamonds.
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Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewellery, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world. In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.
Visit www.phillips.com for further information.
ABOUT SHAUN LEANE
Shaun Leane started his career training in London’s Hatton Garden. While working as a goldsmith, he began a long-standing collaboration with the late Alexander McQueen, creating provocative catwalk jewels that have become iconic milestones in the art of couture jewellery. This high-profile collaboration acted as a catalyst to Leane’s burgeoning desire to blend technical perfection with creative freedom, and in 1999 he launched the first collections under the house of Shaun Leane. He has worked on one-of-a-kind projects with artists including Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Givenchy and Parisian master jeweller Boucheron, among others. Leane has also produced bespoke pieces for beacons of the fashion industry, including legendary houses Alexander McQueen and Givenchy, as well as style icons the Honourable Daphne Guinness, Isabella Blow, Kate Moss, and Sarah Jessica Parker. His jewels are now sought after by tastemakers, royals and prominent jewellery collectors from around the world. July 2018 saw Leane’s first move into the architecture and public art realms, with the opening of the 21 Young Street apartment building in Kensington, since then the V&A has aquired a portion of the metalwork for permanent display. With his work also on display in the Jewellery and Fashion Galleries, Leane is one of the few designers to be represented across multiple departments in one of the world’s most revered museums.
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