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Guiliano could even have worked on this necklace, for the Italian designer was intermittently employed by Phillips in London.

Composed of a series of palmette-shaped drops applied with granular detail and suspended from gold batons to a double-row foxtail chain, the necklace was consigned
privately, in its original case, to Hamptons (15 per cent buyer’s premium) for sale at Godalming on March 13.

This sort of necklace usually fetches between £7000-10,000 and, with a come-hither estimate of £2000-3000, this example was contested to £7800 by the trade.