1/07/2019 News Stories & Press Release, Jewellery & Watches
LONDON: Exquisite vintage, modern and contemporary pieces by a roll call of the world’s most famous jewellery houses and luxury watch brands, including Chanel, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, TAG Heuer and Patek Philippe, will go under the hammer at Roseberys London’s Jewellery & Watches auction on July 16. Up to a quarter of the sale has been sourced from a single private collection, with prices for an enchanting array of pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and watches starting here from £150 and rising to £5,000.
Head of Department, Mark Bowis, FGA DGA FSA, commented: Roseberys is delighted to offer in our sale a private collection of signed contemporary jewellery that comprises a variety of elegant earrings, inspiring rings and necklaces from jewel houses such as Cartier, Boucheron, Lacloche, Van Cleef & Arpels, H Stern, Bulgari and Mauboussin. The sale also features a select group of fine wristwatches the flagship of which is a rare steel chronograph wristwatch by Heuer, reference 2446. Wristwatches by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breguet, Daniel Roth and IWC are also represented. The sale comprising in total 318 lots also offers a wide spectrum of jewels dating from the early 1800s, the Belle Epoque period and 1930s to the present day.
The beautiful French diamond collar necklace by Jacques Lacloche is a timeless classic. Lacloche Freres was a Spanish jewellery house founded in Madrid in 1875. It later moved to Paris and the four founding brothers became renowned for their Art Deco jewellery designs. Jacques Lacloche had a long list of discerning clients, including Prince Rainier, for whom he created a brooch as a wedding gift for Grace Kelly. The flexible necklace is composed of a series of candy twist design beaded and ribbed panels with platinum-set circular-cut diamond intervals mounted on twin chains and with a matching clasp signed J. Lacloche. Considering that the current appetite for chunky gold necklaces and collars shows no signs of abating, this one is not likely to be short of admirers. It carries a £8,000-12,000 estimate. (Lot 311)
This iconic watch by Heuer in the image above was created to capture the essence of the sixties Formula One scene, considered by many to be the golden age of motor racing. Heuer state that the ‘Autavia’ models were designed to “embody this exhilarating world in which everything can change in a second”. The name itself is rooted in motoring – in 1933, Heuer designed the first dash counter for racing cars and aircraft: the Autavia chronograph. The name was a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion. Thirty years later, Jack Heuer created his first sports chronograph watch with a signature rotating bezel and he called the new range ‘Autavia’. The watches acquired an almost cult-like status and today they are some of the most sought-after collectors’ chronographs.This third execution three-register Autavia chronograph was named the ‘Jochen Rindt’ after the legendary Formula One racing driver who was often photographed wearing a similar example in the 1960s. Rindt was famous for his daredevil driving style and famously once replied to a journalist who asked how often he drove beyond his limits, “Do I ever drive within them?”. It will be offered with a £20,000-30,000 estimate. (Lot 201)
Lot 78-164 contains a large and varied private collection of pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and watches by a number of well-known names with prices to meet many different price points. From this collection and sure to be a favourite among bidders is the characterful ‘Le Baiser du Dragon’ ruby and diamond pendant by Cartier (far left). It is estimated at £1,500-2,000. Eminently wearable, and in keeping with the fashion for geometric shapes and patterns, this ruby-eyed dragon motif necklace is sure to ignite fierce bidding. The inspiration for the ‘Le Baiser du Dragon’ - or ‘Dragon’s Kiss line’ - of jewellery came from Chinese mythology, where the creatures represent power and good fortune. (Lot 81)
Vintage Chanel never gets old, and the diamond collar with detachable pendant pictured above right is no exception. In keeping with the demands of today, this necklace with single pear-cut diamond drop, is as versatile as it is eye-catching. The bar and hoop pendant can be added or removed from the diamond tennis collar on-the-go, ensuring that the wearer is always - in Chanel’s words - both “classy and fabulous”. It is estimated at £3,000-5,000. (Lot 127)
This French De Grisogono ring was clearly designed with the designer’s motto in mind: ‘Creativity infused with a hint of audacity’. Set with an array of rubies, orange sapphires and coloured diamonds in an oxidised mount, it is imbued with creative spirit and showcases the jewellery house’s signature Swiss design and craftsmanship skills to great effect. This ring is estimated at £1,000-1,500. (Lot 144)
From a separate source comes another necklace highlight in this sale - a dazzling Art Deco-style diamond piece, with twin rows of baguette-cut diamonds tapering to a single strand around the back of the neck. Unlike many collar necklaces, the articulated design of this one enables it to mould to the neck and this subtle movement adds an extra element of sparkle. It will be offered with a £20,000-25,000 estimate. (Lot 318)
This platinum, sapphire and diamond ring captured below left is particularly special because the Sri Lankan sapphire shows no indications of heating, as certified by the Gemmological Institute of America. This makes the stone exceptionally rare as an estimated 80% of all sapphires on the market are heat-treated to enhance their colour. It has been valued at £4,000-6,000. (Lot 305)
Another rarity is this diamond three-stone ring, shown right. It is exceptional for the ‘D’ colour rating on each of its three stones, the very best colour grade that a diamond can attain.
D-coloured diamonds are entirely colourless, endowing them with an icy bright sparkle that sets them apart from their lower-graded counterparts. The diamonds in this ring have been cut as ‘square modified brilliants’, a perfect choice of cut as it shows off the brilliance of each stone to dazzling effect.The geological conditions required for a perfectly colourless diamond to form are exceptionally rare, and the scarcity of these stones is reflected in their value. It is estimated £6,500-7,500. (Lot 317)
This c.1930 platinum and diamond bracelet, shown above, is an exquisite example of French Art Deco craftsmanship at its best. The delicacy of the handmade lacework design is particularly remarkable considering that the diamonds are set in platinum, a metal that is notoriously unmalleable and difficult to work with. The superior strength of platinum makes the bracelet exceptionally durable, and this provides an interesting contrast to the artful fragility of the openwork lace design. Art Deco jewellery from the mid-30s forms the backbone of the commercial jewellery industry, and the French manufacturing pedigree of this piece sets it apart from other items of this period. As such it carries an estimate of £5,000-7,000. (Lot 316)
These earrings below by Alan Martin Gard are the ultimate in classic ‘English school’ studio production. A typical example of 70s-80s jewellery, they showcase the exceptional quality of English goldsmithing at the time and are eminently collectable. Gard designed jewellery for a number of much-loved British films including Modesty Blaise and the lavish historical costume drama, Nicholas and Alexandra. These affordable and wearable textured creole drop design earrings, c. 1985, come with a modest price tag of £400-600. (Lot 16)
Auction: Jewellery & Watches
Tuesday 16 July, 1 pm
Friday 12 July 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 13 July 10am -2pm
Monday 15 July 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 16 July 9.30am – 12.30pm
Tuesday 9 July
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