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Outstanding Private Collections, The Esperanza Diamond, and Artist-Designed Jewelry Lead Skinner’s March Fine Jewelry Auctions

Artist-designed Surrealist 23kt Gold 'Microbes' Pendant, Max Ernst, c. 1974 (Lot 84,  Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

Artist-designed Surrealist 23kt Gold ‘Microbes’ Pendant, Max Ernst, c. 1974 (Lot 84, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)

BOSTON, MA – March 2, 2017 – Skinner presents its first Fine Jewelry auctions of 2017 with two exceptional auctions occurring in March. The live auction on Tuesday, March 21 will feature over 500 lots of antique, period, and contemporary jewelry, highlighted by the collections of Leah Gordon and Carol Ferranti. An online-only auction will run from March 14 through March 22, featuring over 150 lots including many signed pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Bulgari, and Chanel.

The Collection of Leah Gordon

The auction opens with the collection of Leah Gordon (Lots 1-84), who has been a dealer for 29 years specializing in vintage and artist’s jewelry.  A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, Gordon opened Leah Gordon Antiques in New York in 1988 after working for 28 years at Time Magazine as the arts reporter.  It was during those years that she gathered her love and deep knowledge of art, interviewing and writing about the famous artists of the 20th century including Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol and many others. “It was a job,” she said, “But what a job.”  She left Time in 1988, went back to school at New York University, to study appraising in the decorative arts and began her business with antique and artist’s jewelry. Highlights from this collection include a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Necklace (Lot 1, Estimated between $8,000-12,000), a Silver Brooch by Alexander Calder (Lot 63, $5,000-7,000), and a rare pendant by Max Ernst (Lot 84, $10,000-15,000).

Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Aquamarine, and Plique-a-Jour Enamel Ring, Marcus & Co. (Lot 505, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Aquamarine, and Plique-a-Jour Enamel Ring, Marcus & Co. (Lot 505, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)

The Collection of Carol Ferranti

Skinner is also proud to offer a portion of the jewelry collection of Carol Ferranti, a passionate collector and dealer of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, our long-time friend, and colleague. From her early days as an artist and colorist for fabric companies supplying designs for women’s wear, her keen eye and talents followed her throughout her life and touched everything she did. Carol began in the business with a booth at the Manhattan Antiques Center and later opened a shop at Madison and 72nd Street where she was a stop for those who appreciated eclecticism and great taste. Lots 164, 254, 266, and 502–506 represent her favorite personal pieces and showcase her impeccable sense of color, form, and design. Standouts include two pieces by the American firm of Marcus & Company: an opal necklace (Lot 506, $20,000-30,000) and an aquamarine and plique-a-jour enamel ring (Lot 505, $8,000-10,000).

The 'Esperanza' Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

The ‘Esperanza’ Diamond (Lot 507, Estimate: $100,000-150,000)

The Esperanza Diamond

In 2015 Bobbie Oskarson visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. For an $8 fee, visitors are allowed to dig for diamonds in a field called the “Pig Pen.’ Within twenty minutes of her arrival, Oskarson found a rough a large rough diamond, the fifth largest ever found in the park. In the next year, the diamond rough was cut into a 4.64 cts, D color, and internally flawless stone. It was then set by jeweler Ian Douglas in a mount intended to emphasize its unique shape. Skinner was the natural choice to sell this important diamond, given our worldwide reputation as experts in rare and unusual stones.

Previews, Catalog, and Bidding

Public previews for both auctions will be held on Sunday, March 19, from 12PM to 5PM and Monday, March 20 from 12PM to 7PM. Illustrated catalog 2993B  is available from the Subscription Department at subscriptions@skinnerinc.com. 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!

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 New York City and 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.

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