BOSTON, MA – April 27, 2018 – Skinner is pleased to announce May 15th as the date for our first Important Jewelry auction of the year. Collectors and buyers who wait in anticipation of this event will be pleased with the breadth and content of this auction, featuring over 400 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.
Rare Colombian Emeralds
Our Important Jewelry auction features several exceptional Colombian emeralds. The cover of our catalog is an impressive emerald and diamond necklace dating to approximately 1905 (Lot 128, Estimate: $100,000-$125,000). An emerald from the estate of renowned art collector Emily Crane Chadbourne carved with Mughal motifs (lot 176, Estimate: $30,000-$50,000) has already attracted international interest.
Two Single-Owner Collections
Beginning the auction is the collection of Rebecca and Richard Wise of RW Wise Goldsmiths in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Wises are well known for their work with high-quality stones and unique antique and period jewelry.
We are also excited to offer jewelry from the estate of Nancy Friday, the author of the groundbreaking best-selling book My Secret Garden, published in 1973. Friday’s collection includes pieces by Buccellati, Verdura, Janiye, and Barry Kieselstein-Cord.
Antique and Period Jewelry
Skinner is well-known for bringing examples of antique and period jewelry to auction, and the May sale presents items from several notable collectors. Of particular interest is a Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring (Lot 127, Estimate: $15,000-$20,000) that has descended within the family of Alvin William Krech. Also featured in the catalog is an iconic grape necklace by Castellani dating to approximately 1880 (Lot 86, Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).
A selection of vintage and contemporary jewelry by prestigious makers includes designs by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, David Webb, Schlumberger, and Chopard.
Previews, Catalog, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held in Marlborough, on April 18, 12PM-5PM, April 19, 12PM-7PM, and April 20, 8AM-9:30AM. Free and open to the public, specialists will be on hand to answer questions. Auction catalogs can be purchased on the Skinner website. The catalog can be viewed online and an illustrated print catalog is available for purchase in-person, online at http://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/auction-catalog/ or by phone order at 508-970-3234.
Fine Jewelry Collections Online Auction
An online auction of over 400 lots of period and contemporary jewelry by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Bulgari and other leading designers complements the live auction. Fine Jewelry online auctions have quickly become a popular destination for buyers seeking jewelry under $2000. The online sale begins May 8th and ends May 16th. All pieces can be seen in person at our Boston gallery.
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