BOSTON, MA – March 12, 2015 – Skinner, Inc. presents its first Fine Jewelry auction of 2015 on March 17th in Boston. Over 550 lots will be on the block, spotlighting antique and period jewelry as well as contemporary pieces by Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari and more.
A standout among the diamond jewelry at auction is a signed platinum and diamond ring by Sterle, the famed 1950s “couturier of jewelry,” featuring full- and baguette-cut diamonds, as well as a ropework shank (Lot 584, Estimate $25,000–$35,000).
For the perfect engagement ring (or gift for oneself), Skinner will present an array of beautiful selections: a platinum and diamond solitaire weighing approx. 6.25 carats (Lot 583, Estimate $40,000–$60,000); an oval-cut platinum and diamond solitaire weighing 4.82 carats (Lot 559, Estimate $25,000–$35,000); a platinum and diamond solitaire set with a full-cut diamond weighing 3.60 carats (Lot 577, Estimate $10,000–$15,000); and an 18kt gold and diamond solitaire, featuring a domed mount set with an emerald-cut diamond weighing 3.35 carats (Lot 565C, Estimate $35,000–$45,000).
Among a wide variety of jewelry by Cartier is an eye-catching 18kt gold and diamond bracelet, adorned with domed, foliate links and pavé-set, full-cut diamonds, (Lot 563, Estimate $7,000–$9,000).
Other selections by celebrated makers include an 18kt white gold and diamond brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 578, Estimate $8,000–$10,000) and David Webb’s 18kt gold and diamond zodiac pendant/brooch and chain, highlighting a diamond-set Aries sign on the circular pendant/brooch (Lot 565E, Estimate $4,500–$5,500). Desirable pieces by Oscar Heyman and Bulgari also shine in this auction, including a sapphire and diamond necklace (Lot 556, Estimate $6,000–$8,000) and a cultured pearl and diamond necklace (Lot 573, Estimate $12,000–$15,000).
Exceptional pearls at auction include a natural pearl necklace by Tiffany & Co., showcasing eighty-two pearls graduating in size and completed by a platinum clasp set with a marquise-cut diamond (Lot 279, Estimate $8,000–$12,000). Also on offer are a pearl necklace composed of ninety-one pearls and finished with a sapphire cabochon and baguette-cut diamond-set clasp, (Lot 375, Estimate $10,000–$15,000) and an elegant pair of pearl earpendants, each set with a semi-baroque button pearl and old European- and rose-cut diamonds, with platinum-topped gold mounts (Lot 281, Estimate $8,000–$10,000).
Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewels
Leading a strong offering of Art Nouveau jewelry on the block is a striking 18kt gold, demantoid garnet, and pearl pendant/brooch by Marcus & Co. (Lot 293, Estimate $10,000–$15,000).
Art Deco works are well-represented, with examples including a carved rock crystal cigarette box made in France and retailed by Charlton & Co. (Lot 278, Estimate $5,000–$7,000). Also available is a brilliant Art Deco handbag by Cartier, made of silk and embellished with a platinum and carved emerald clasp with onyx and ruby accents and rose-cut diamonds with 18kt gold mounts (Lot 269, Estimate $1,800–$2,200).
Previews, Catalog, and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held at Skinner’s Boston gallery on Sunday, March 15th, from noon to 5 P.M., and Monday, March 16th, from noon to 7 P.M. The illustrated Catalog for sale #2793B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at www.skinnerinc.com, both during and after the sale. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare.
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. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. 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 Coral Gables, Florida, with bidders participating in person, by phone, and online. Join auctions live with SkinnerLive! and Bidsquare. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.