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May 18, 2021 10:00 AMCalender

Antique Diamond Earrings

Auction: Fine Jewelry - 3645BLocation: BostonDate / Time: May 18, 2021 10:00AM


Antique Diamond Earrings, set with old mine- and old pear-shape diamonds, approx. total wt. 7.50 cts., silver-topped gold mounts, lg. 2 in.

Provenance: Irene Langhorne Gibson (1873-1956),wife of famed American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. Born in Virginia, Irene Langhorne was the daughter of railroad industrialist Chiswell Langhorne. Her sister was Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, American-born British politician and the first woman seated as a Member of Parliament. The Langhorne sisters were known for their beauty and would later inspire some of Gibson's work. In 1894, Langhorne met Gibson at Delmonico's in New York City while attending a dinner in her honor. They married the following year, and Irene became the muse for her husband's iconic "Gibson Girl." She used her influence to take on numerous social causes and political issues in the early 20th century. Much of her work focused on disadvantaged children, which would continue throughout her life. The earrings, as well as the brooch (Lot 3) have descended through the family.
Estimate $10,000-15,000

Tarnish. Some minor loupe visible nicks. Later screwback findings with solder.

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Irene Langhorne, Irene Langhorne Gibson, Viscountess Astor, United States, New York City