BOSTON, MA – September 8, 2016 – Skinner, Inc. presents its third Fine Jewelry auction of 2016 on Tuesday, September 27 at 10AM in Boston. The auction will feature over 700 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.
The Nancy and Gilbert Levine Collection
Skinner is proud to offer The Nancy and Gilbert Levine Collection, donated to the Toledo Museum of Art and sold to benefit its future acquisitions. The collection comprises ninety-six pieces spanning over a hundred years of jewelry design history. Standouts include a stunning pair of aquamarine and diamond earrings dating to circa 1785 (Lot 133, estimated bewteen $4,000-6,000), a rock crystal demi-parure from the 1820s (Lot 160, $4,000-6,000), and a gold and turquoise bracelet, circa 1835 (Lot 172, $2,000-3,000). The Levine collection is particularly strong in Victorian earrings and archaeological revival jewelry.
Among the many designer pieces in this auction there are several worthy of special mention, including a beautiful 29.63 cts. diamond riviere necklace by Harry Winston (Lot 717, $60,000-80,000), composed of ninety-nine diamonds, all D to F color. The auction also features an Art Deco gem-set brooch by Cartier (Lot 711, $15,000-20,000), an Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet by Tiffany & Co. (Lot 709, $10,000-15,000), a pair of gold, diamond, and interchangeable hardstone earclips by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 687, $6,000-8,000).
Antique and Period Jewelry
This auction has a strong collection of antique and period jewelry from several notable collectors. Of particular interest is a Renaissance revival gold bracelet by Falize Aine & Fils (Lot 703, $15,000-20,000). Other lots include an Art Deco black opal necklace (Lot 705, $8,000-12,000), an aquamarine, opal, and plique-a-jour enamel brooch (Lot 704, $6,000-8,000), and antique diamond flower earrings (Lot 124A, $4,000-6,000).
Leading the collection of diamonds on offer is a 9.38 cts. old European-cut diamond graded by the GIA as I color, VVS2 clarity (Lot 718, $80,000-100,000). We are pleased to offer a wide range of diamond solitaires ranging in size from 1 cts. to over 5 cts. In addition to diamond solitaires, the auction includes several impressive pieces of diamond jewelry including a colored diamond bracelet weighing 39.45 cts. (Lot 695, $20,000-30,000), a diamond riviere weighing approx.27.00 cts. (Lot 693, $10,000-15,000), and a diamond flower brooch weighing approx. 8.50 cts (Lot 686, $5,000-7,000).
Previews, Catalog and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, September 25th, from 12PM to 5PM and Monday, September 26th, from 12PM to 7PM. Illustrated catalog #2932B is available from the Subscription Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or from the gallery. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time through SkinnerLive!
Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, Asian art, clocks, Judaica, and more. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as in New York City and Miami, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information, visit www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
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