BOSTON, MA – August 28, 2014 – Sophisticated and beautiful jewelry comes to the auction block at Skinner, Inc. on September 9, 2014 in Boston. A private New England collection, being sold to benefit the Campaign for Catholic Schools, features three rare pieces of Tiffany jewelry from the Arts & Crafts movement, among dozens of other desirable pieces on the block for a worthy cause. Fine diamonds and colored gemstones will also inspire bidders, as will signed pieces by Cartier, Schlumberger, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Tiffany & Co.
Diamonds & Colored Gemstones
Skinner regularly presents fine diamonds at auction, and September is no exception. Several exquisite solitaires will be offered, including a stunning platinum and diamond solitaire (Lot 590, estimated between $70,000 and $90,000), featuring a pear-shape diamond weighing 10.02 cts.
An Art Deco Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire ring (Lot 662 $20,000 to $30,000), set with a cushion-cut sapphire, mounted in platinum and gold. A Cartier emerald and diamond ring (Lot 586, $15,000 to $20,000) features a Colombian emerald, flanked by triangular-cut diamonds, set in 18kt gold and platinum. An Edwardian ruby and diamond ring (Lot 659, $10,000 to $15,000), spotlights a Burma ruby and old European-cut diamonds.
Benefit Auction for Campaign for Catholic Schools
Skinner is pleased to announce the sale of a private New England collection to benefit Campaign for Catholic Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding urban Catholic schools in Greater Boston. The collection of over 100 lots encompasses a wide selection, highlighted by three rare pieces of Tiffany jewelry from the Arts & Crafts movement. One example from this trio – a stunning 18kt gold, tourmaline, and sapphire necklace – has been exhibited at the Harvard Mineralogical Museum (Lot 467, $40,000 to $50,000).
A sparkling platinum and diamond bracelet in the collection features a braided design of full-cut diamonds weighing 65.00 carats (Lot 457, $30,000 to $40,000). A Marcus & Co plique-a-jour brooch (Lot 462, $6,000 to $8,000) with European-cut diamonds and a delicate, suspended peridot represents the Art Nouveau period.
Jack Connors, Chairman of the Campaign for Catholic Schools noted, “We are deeply touched that the Campaign for Catholic Schools has been named by an extraordinarily philanthropic couple as the beneficiary of this auction. Their generosity and thoughtfulness knows no bounds. The proceeds of the sale of their beautiful collection will help give 1,800 equally precious children in Brockton, Dorchester, and Mattapan a great education and a chance to succeed in this wonderful community. We are truly grateful to all who participate and grateful to Gloria Lieberman and Skinner for facilitating this auction.”
Arts & Crafts Jewelry
In addition to the standout Arts & Crafts Tiffany jewelry noted above, Skinner will offer a collection from the descendants of Frank Gardner Hale, one of the most important figures in the American Arts & Crafts Movement, who was known for his fine jewelry and enamels.
The September 9th auction will feature 33 pieces from the family’s collection, including rare plaques, panels and jewelry, as well as an archive featuring designs, photographs, models of his works and more (Lot 212, $3,000 to $5,000).
Signed luxury jewelry rounds out the September 9th auction. Favorite selections include three stylish, hardstone and diamond stackable bands from Van Cleef & Arpels (Lot 612, $4,000 to $6,000); an 18kt gold and white enamel bangle by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. (Lot 621, $20,000 to $30,000); and a bold and bright Piaget cuff watch (Lot 613, $8,000 to $10,000), featuring a lapis dial and alternating lapis and green hardstone tablets, set in heavily textured 18kt gold.
Previews, Catalog and Bidding
View, touch, and wear the jewelry during open auction previews held at the Skinner Boston Gallery on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5 PM and Monday, September 8, from noon to 7 PM. Illustrated Catalog #2746B 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.
Director of Fine Jewelry