Fine Jewelry Shines at Auction this Holiday Season

Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Enamel Table Clock, Eugene Feuillatre, France (Lot 230, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

Art Nouveau Plique-a-Jour Enamel Table Clock, Eugene Feuillatre, France (Lot 230, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

BOSTON, MA – November 20, 2014 – Skinner is pleased to announce its holiday Fine Jewelry auction on December 9. Find the perfect gift among over 700 selections on the block, including diamonds, signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels, a selection of fine watches, and much more.

Enjoy a sneak peak of some of the auction’s highlights in New York at a special Fine Jewelry preview event on Tuesday, December 2nd from noon to 7 P.M at The Culture Center (410 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY, 10024). Previews will also be held at the Skinner Boston Gallery on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th.

“Our December auction offers a curated selection of luxurious and unique jewelry. We’re very excited to be coming to New York, and would love to answer any questions you may have at one of our preview events.” says Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry at Skinner.

Signed Jewelry

A pair of stunning Edwardian platinum and diamond earpendants (Lot 744, estimated between $100,000 and $150,000) lead a selection of Cartier jewelry. Highlights also include an Edwardian platinum, pearl, and diamond plaque brooch, by Cartier (Lot 743, estimated between $40,000 to $60,000); and a contemporary 18kt white gold and diamond fish bracelet, also by Cartier (Lot 720, $60,000 to $80,000).

Fine Pair of Edwardian Platinum and Diamond Earpendants, Cartier, New York (Lot 744, Estimate $100,000-$150,000)

Fine Pair of Edwardian Platinum and Diamond Earpendants, Cartier, New York (Lot 744, Estimate $100,000-$150,000)

A group of signed jewelry from the Art Nouveau period represents the work of three premier French jewelers: Eugène Feuillâtre, Gabriel Falguieres, and Henri Vever (Lots 230-232, estimates vary). A plique-a-jour enamel table clock by Feuillâtre is a particularly significant piece. In 1900, the talented goldsmith and sculptor was awarded a gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition.

A variety of modern signed jewelry rounds out the auction with offerings from Bulgari, David Webb, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels.

 Diamond Jewelry and Colored Gemstones

The holiday auction offers a selection of diamond jewelry for all occasions, including a gorgeous pair of old mine-cut diamond earpendants, weighing nearly 5 cts. each (Lot 726B, $50,000 to $60,000).  Searching for a beautiful engagement ring? Choose from such fine gems as a platinum and round brilliant-cut diamond solitaire ring (Lot 721, $50,000 to $60,000) and a colored radiant-cut diamond ring (Lot 723, $50,000 to $60,000).

Gemstones such as emeralds and jade add notes of color and luxury to your holiday wardrobe. A noteworthy strand of jade beads features an exceptional, carved pendant (Lot 734, $20,000 to $30,000), and an antique gold, emerald and diamond starburst pendant/brooch (Lot 731, $12,000 to $15,000).

Gentleman's 18kt Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch (Lot 445, Estimate $65,000-$80,000)

Gentleman’s 18kt Gold Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch (Lot 445, Estimate $65,000-$80,000)

Luxury Watches

An 18kt gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch by Patek Philippe (Lot 445, Estimate $65,000 to $80,000) leads a large selection of gentleman’s and lady’s watches, including nearly a dozen other Patek Philippe timepieces along with a variety of Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron & Constantin wristwatches.

Benefit Auction

Following the success of the September Fine Jewelry auction, Skinner is pleased to offer the second portion of jewelry from a private New England collection to benefit Campaign for Catholic Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding urban Catholic schools in Greater Boston.

Catalog and Bidding

Illustrated Catalog #2771B is available from the Subscription Department, at 508-970-3240, or from the Gallery. Prices realized will be available online, at, both during and after the auction. The Skinner website enables users to view every lot in the auction, leave bids, contact specialists, and bid live online through SkinnerLive!

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, 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, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.



Victoria Bratberg
Director of Fine Jewelry

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