A selection of fine vintage jewellery and a rare collection of 18th century jewellery designs that is expected to fetch close to $100,000 go at a Sotheby’s sale in London UK, today.
The Fine Jewels sale will include exceptionally crafted period jewels and vintage pieces signed by some of the world’s greatest makers, including Cartier, Bulgari and Boucheron.
Covering defining eras of jewellery design, from delicate creations of the 18th century, to the sophistication of Art Deco and the glamour of modern style, the auction is also distinguished with a rare collection of jewellery designs from the 1780s.
The collection of 23 jewellery designs are drawings, probably in life size, and display an asymmetrical, serendipitous flavor and typify the light and open designs of the period. Utilising flowers, leaves, ribbons and tassels, the format would suggest that they were assembled for potential distribution to goldsmiths. The collection carries an estimate of $60,000-90,000.
The period jewel section comprises superb examples of late 19th century jewellery, including two emerald and diamond brooches/pendants. The first features a square step-cut Colombian emerald ($30,000-45,000), the second, of foliate and scroll design, set with a trapeze-shaped emerald, also of Colombian origin ($18,000-22,500).
Another fine example of Colombian emerald is to be found in an early 20th century ring by Tiffany & Company, claw-set with a cabochon emerald between diamonds ($30,000-45,000).
IMPRESSIVE ART DECO JEWELS
Well represented in the sale are impressive statement jewels from the 1920s and 1930s. Among them is the cover lot – an Art Deco diamond pendant/brooch, 1930s, notable for its exceptional workmanship with highly articulated tassels ($37,500-52,500).
Henri Picq’s Paris workshop in the Marais was responsible, from the early years of the 20th century through into the late 1920s, for some of the most iconic designs of the period. Working largely, though not exclusively, for Cartier, they pioneered the use of novel materials and executed some of Cartier’s most avant-garde creations. Picq was the creator of the very first of Cartier’s ‘tutti frutti’ jewels, at the time described simply as ‘pierres de couleur’, which was a bracelet designed for the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1925. Made in the 1920s, this garland brooch, set with carved emeralds, rubies and sapphires is an early and stunning example of ‘tutti frutti’ design ($4,500-7,500).
Cartier features strongly in the sale, with a superb coral, enamel and diamond brooch from the 1930s, designed as a ladybird ($9,000-12,000) and a diamond brooch from 1940s in the shape of a fox, set with variously cut citrines, pear-shaped emeralds and a trapeze-shaped sapphire ($9,000-12,000).
Rubies are well represented in the sale, as seen in an emerald, ruby and diamond brooch, Marchak, 1960s, in the form of a rose ($15,000-22,500) and a magnificent ruby and diamond pendant ($4,500-7,500).
The sale also includes a number of gentleman's accessories by some of the world’s leading makers. Capturing the powerful aesthetic of Verdura is a pair of diamond cufflinks, estimated to fetch $3,750-5,300, while the discreet and timeless elegance of the pearl is exemplified in an irresistible pair of natural pearl, cultured pearl and diamond cufflinks ($3,000-4,500) and a lot comprising three natural pearl and diamond buttons by Bulgari ($3,750-5,300).
Sotheby’s expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012).
Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in 8 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva and Sotheby’s BidNow programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real-time from anywhere in the world.
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