Doesn't she look like Miss Bianca, the white mouse who was a member of the Prisoner's Aide Society and the special pet of a diplomat's son? But it is not her resemblance to the heroic Miss Bianca or her lovely opal face that made me sit up and notice...it is Miss Mouse's provenance.
This beautiful piece was made by Verdura in 1950 and was owned by Ms. Babe Paley, she of whom Truman Capote said, "The only thing wrong with Ms. P is that she's perfect, and other than that, she's perfect." She worked for and was featured by Vogue and was given the title "World's Best Dressed" 14 times.
|Probably the most famous photo of Babe by Horst in Vogue, March 1948, in which she wore a 21.25 carat Verdura canary diamond ring. Her bracelets were described as "a scramble of pearls."|
|Bracelet and necklace by Verdura|
|Babe and William Paley with the Duchess of Windsor; it took a world class collector to dazzle around the Duchess!|
|Babe Paley, 1915-1978, in Vogue, 1946|