Skinner to Auction Fine Jewelry in Boston

BOSTON, Mass. – September 5, 2013Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Jewelry in its Boston gallery on Tuesday, September 10th. The sale will feature over 600 lots of antique and period jewelry, as well as contemporary jewelry by famous makers including Tiffany, Cartier, Buccellati, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Artist Jewelry

Untitled (Pin), Alexander Calder, 1939 (Lot 672, Estimate $20,000-$30,000)

Skinner is pleased to offer a pin by American sculptor Alexander Calder (lot 672, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000) accompanied by an original letter from the artist to Henry Sayles Francis, the original owner of the piece. The brass coil pin was commissioned by Francis, curator of prints and paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1930-1970, for his wife, Frances M. Francis. In the accompanying signed letter dated December 18, 1939, Calder inquires as to whether Francis received the pin and if he found it satisfactory. The Calder Foundation assigned this pin application no. A26064 in July 2013.

A selection of eclectic jewelry by Noma Copley from the collection of Jean Stark, co-founder of the Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art in New York City, includes a realistically designed hammered silver gentleman’s necktie (lot 666, $800 to $1,200), an 18kt gold “screw” ring (lot 667, $1,500 to $2,000), and an 18kt gold bangle cast from a key belonging to the artist (lot 669, $1,500 to $2,000). Noma Copley (1916-2006) had no formal training in metalsmithing and did not begin making jewelry until she was fifty years old. Of her work, Copley stated, “Surrealist inspired and influenced I, for a long time, tried to transform the everyday, the common objects that are taken for granted into poetry to wear.”


Diamond and Colored Diamond Ring (Lot 615, Estimate $75,000-$100,000)

A selection of diamonds is highlighted by a diamond and colored diamond ring. The ring (lot 615, $75,000 to $100,000) is set with a princess-cut diamond weighing 5.02 cts. flanked by fancy intense yellow radiant-cut diamonds, and is accompanied by GIA report no. 11802688, dated September 25, 2012.

A beautiful pair of platinum and emerald-cut diamond earstuds (lot 701, $50,000 to $60,000) will be offered, accompanied by GIA report no. 11788235, stating that the 2.54 carat is E color, VVS2 clarity, and GIA report no. 11804534, stating that the 2.24 carat is D color, VS1 clarity. A round brilliant-cut unmounted diamond (lot 548, $75,000 to $100,000) measuring 9.52 x 9.56 x 5.69 mm, and weighing 3.11 cts. will also be offered. The diamond is accompanied by GIA report 2125664610 dated December 19, 2011 stating that the diamond is F color, VVS2 clarity.

Antique and Art Deco Jewelry

Art Deco Platinum and Green Sapphire Intaglio Ring (Lot 369, Estimate $5,000-$7,000)

Beautiful examples of antique and period jewelry include an18kt gold, enamel, ruby, and diamond brooch by Tiffany & Co. depicting a scene of Venus and Cupid (lot 646, $3,000 to $5,000). A fine and rare pair of mid-18th century Italian seed pearl and ruby girandole earpendants (lot 354, $1,500 to $2,000), an antique diamond convertible suite, worn as a necklace or as a tiara (lot 643, $6,000 to $8,000), and an antique miniature gold, split pearl, and diamond watch of navette form (lot 413, $1,500 to $2,000) will also be offered.

An Art Deco platinum and green sapphire intaglio ring once belonging to Rudolph Valentino will be available (lot 369, $5,000 to $7,000). Currently the property of The Strong, Rochester, New York, the ring will be sold to benefit the collections fund. Rudolph Valentino (1895-1926), the original “sex symbol” of film from the 1920s, was known for his love of fine clothes and jewelry, and his signature slicked-back hair. This ring was worn in the 1925 silent film The Eagle, in which Valentino plays a Russian army lieutenant seduced by Czarina Catherine II, played by Louise Dresser.

Signed Jewelry

18kt Gold Gem-set “Magic Alhambra” Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, France (Lot 700, Estimate $10,000-$15,000)

A fine selection of signed pieces includes a Van Cleef & Arpels 18kt gold gem-set charm designed as a circular “game of chance” charm (lot 695, $2,000 to $3,000) and the auction’s cover lot, an 18kt gold and diamond necklace by Mario Buccellati (lot 711, $15,000 to $20,000). An 18kt gold gem-set “Magic Alhambra” necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels (lot 700, $10,000 to $15,000) and an emerald and diamond wristwatch by Cartier (lot 705, $6,000 to $8,000) will also be offered.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Previews for the auction will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. and Monday, September 9, 2013, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

An illustrated catalog for #2671B is available by mail from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery.

The Skinner website allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogs, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive!. Visit and “like” Skinner on Facebook at

About Skinner

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 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, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Victoria Bratberg
Director of Fine Jewelry

Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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