Summer Auction Highlights an Array of Diamonds and Art Deco Jewels
BOSTON, MA – May 27, 2014 – Skinner, Inc. will hold its summer auction of Fine Jewelry on June 10, featuring over 700 lots of fine jewelry by important makers such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, and many more, as well as strong selections of diamonds and art deco jewelry.
Among the highlights is a fine collection from a private estate in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring a number of diamond and art deco pieces, including an Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Bracelet by Chaumet, (Lot 718, estimated between $30,000 to $40,000). This collection also includes an Art Deco Diamond Pendant/Brooch, (Lot 719, estimate $8,000 to $10,000).
Other fine examples of this period include an Art Deco Platinum, Emerald, and Diamond Bracelet by Cartier (Lot 723, estimate $30,000 to $50,000) and an Art Deco Carved Emerald and Coral Purse Clasp from France (Lot 724, estimate $4,000 to $6,000).
“Art deco is such a popular period at auction,” stated Bratberg. “Pieces are often hard to come by, but when they do appear at auction they tend to meet a great deal of enthusiasm among bidders.”
The top lot in this auction is a Harry Winston Platinum and Diamond Solitaire, weighing 6.61 cts., (Lot 725, estimate $225,000 to $275,000). An old European-cut Unmounted Diamond weighing 9.80 cts., (Lot 698, estimate $80,000 to $120,000) is also available, along with an exquisite Pair of Platinum, Ruby, and Diamond Dress Clips within removable 14kt gold jackets (Lot 685, estimate $5,000 to $7,000).
Additional highlights in this sale include a number of pieces created by Angela Cummings. Well-known for her inlaid work, Cummings is very desirable among buyers right now.
Superb examples of Cummings’ work include an 18kt Gold and Jade Bracelet, Tiffany & Co., inlaid with jade “lotus root” plaques (Lot 648, estimate $8,000 to $10,000). Cummings also created a set of 18kt Gold Gem-set Earclips under her own name, the large oval domes inlaid with opal, mother-of-pearl, and black jade (Lot 650, estimate $2,500 to $3,500).
Skinner will also offer items by Marcus & Co., with highlights including a Jadeite Ring (Lot 206, estimate $8,000 to $12,000). Another offering from Marcus & Co. is the Egyptian Revival 14kt Gold, Opal, and Enamel Brooch, which was previously exhibited at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY (Lot 706, estimate $3,000 to $5,000). Skinner recently sold two Marcus & Co. pieces during the March 18 Fine Jewelry auction, with excellent results for both: an Art Deco Platinum, Ruby, and Diamond Ring brought $19,680, while the Art Nouveau Gold, Sapphire, and Plique-a-Jour Enamel Pendant sold for well over twice its estimate at $15,990.
Previews, Catalog and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, June 8, from noon to 5 PM and Monday, June 9, from noon to 7 PM. Illustrated Catalog #2735B 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 auction, 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, 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 an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at www.skinnerinc.com, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.
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