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3256B Boston
May 21, 2019 12:00PMCalender

Art Deco Platinum and Colored Diamond Solitaire

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 3256B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 21, 2019 12:00PM


Art Deco Platinum and Colored Diamond Solitaire, set with a square Asscher-cut diamond weighing 3.35 cts., framed by diamond melee, shoulders with diamond foliate motifs, pierced mount, size 3 3/4.

Provenance: Descended in the family of Wilson Perkins Foss (1856-1930) of New York; originally a gift to his daughter Elizabeth de Baun Foss. Foss was an industrialist and entrepreneur involved in infrastructure development in New York State in the late 19th and early 20th century. As a young man working in the reconstruction of Boston after the fire of 1872, Foss had become interested in building materials and explosives, which led him to study chemistry at MIT. He founded a company to provide nitroglycerine used to blast tunnels for various New York and Pennsylvania lines. After a buy-out by DuPont, Foss founded The New York Trap Rock Corporation which produced stone used in road construction projects. An avid collector of objets d'art and giver of lavish gifts, Foss is remembered fondly for his personal courage and generous spirit. Purchased at Skinner, Sale 2352, Lot 685, March 13, 2007.

Note: Accompanied by GIA report no. 15648756, dated January 11, 2007, stating that the diamond is Fancy Intense yellow, VVS2 clarity.
Estimate $35,000-45,000

No fluorescence. Diamond has been set into a gold bezel. Sized.

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Elizabeth de Baun Foss, Wilson Perkins Foss, DuPont