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London Chapter: Behind the scenes at Christie’s - A Conversation with Marie-Cécile Cisamolo

Sapphire Crown
Sapphire Crown from Maria II, Queen of Portugal. Courtesy: Christie's

Presenter: Marie-Cécile Cisamolo  

May 2021 will mark the 200th anniversary of Emperor Napoleon I's death (1769-1821). By some extraordinary coincidence, a parure of sapphire and diamonds from the collection of his adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860), is being offered at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on May 12, 2021. Nine other pieces, including a tiara, one collier, earrings, pendants and brooches, will also be offered.
Join us to hear Jewelry Specialist, Marie-Cécile Cisamolo from the Christie’s team in Geneva, talk about the history and provenance of some of these significant pieces and others up for auction at the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Jewels and Handbags Online: The Geneva Edit auctions in May.

She will share some of her favorite pieces, interesting anecdotes and stories and have fun with some stunning sparkly things. Discover iconic designs by renowned jewelers, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff, Cartier, Boivin, Boucheron and many more. From antique jewels to bold contemporary designs and show stopper gemstones, this event is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Marie-Cécile Cisamolo is an associate specialist in the Geneva jewelry department, having joined Christie’s in 2011 as an administrator at Christie’s London. Originally from Metz, France, Cisamolo graduated from La Sorbonne in Paris with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, as well as a Master’s degree in Private Law. In 2014, Cisamolo graduated from the Gemological Association of Britain, and then joined the Geneva jewelry department in 2015 as a cataloguer. Marie-Cécile currently works for Christie’s in various aspects of the business including cataloguing, client development, international jewelry valuations, as well as giving conferences on the history of jewelry.


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