13/11/2020 Jewellery & Watches
Roseberys are proud to present the final Jewellery & Watches auction of the year on Tuesday 8 December, starting at 11am.
Mark Bowis, Head of the Jewellery & Watches department comments ‘This is the perfect seasonal sale with a Christmas flavour, comprising 291 lots that include a wide and varied selection of jewellery and watches. Included in the sale is a selection of affordable gold, diamond and gem items as well as higher end jewellery by respected brands such as Cartier, Boucheron, Bulgari, Mauboussin, Chatilla, Carrera Y Carrera, Lalaounis, Vourakis, Adler, Marina B, Pomellato, Gavello and Stephen Webster. For those seasonal engagements there is a selection of Diamond single stone rings, as well as other potential Christmas gifts such as diamond bracelets and necklaces. The sale even features a parcel-gilt, silver and enamel Christmas tree bauble by Stuart Devlin lot 236, with an estimate of £300-500. There is a wide choice of antique jewellery dating from the early 18th to the Edwardian period. There is also an incredible collection of watches within the sale, with the highlight being an automatic wristwatch by Patek Philippe estimated to make between £8000-12,000.’
Lot 66 – 70 in the sale is a collection of late 18th to early 19th century mourning rings. Divided into several lots, the collection is made up of typical enamel bands, some using black and white enamel and are mostly engraved on the outside with the name and date of death of the deceased. Mourning rings, the successor to the earlier style memento mori rings followed the conventions of mourning and were highly respected. Mourning rings are even mentioned in literature by the Great and the Good including Dickins and Pepys. The fact that the rings are mostly dated, helps in the study of ring design from the 17th to the 19th century. Three of the rings are engraved with the unusual family name of Tulip. Another ring is engraved to SIR EDWD BLACKETT BART OB 3 FEB 1804 AE 85. Sir Edward Blackett, 4th Baronet (9th April 1719 - 3rd February 1804) who was a Baronet and member of the British House of Commons for Northumberland. He was High Sheriff of Northumberland 1757-1758 and in 1768 became MP for Northumberland until 1774. The estimates for this collection of mourning rings range from £200-300.
Shortly following this collection of mourning rings is lot 99, a pair of 18ct gold earrings by Mauboussin, Paris. These are typical heavy quality and a classic design of simplicity for the brand in 18ct yellow gold, with an estimate of £600-800. Also coming from Mauboussin is lot 100, an attractive gold and diamond set panel bracelet which is estimated to make £500-700.
Lot 267 is a most impressive Sapphire and diamond ring on offer, estimated to make £4000-6000. The rich coloured sapphire comes with a report from the GCS, London, stating that the sapphire shows characteristics of that it originates from Sri-Lanka and has had no evidence of heat treatment. Sapphires with no heat treatment are scarce. The sapphire is set off with a brilliant-cut diamond surround and shoulder in French platinum mount.
Elsewhere in the sale, lot 147 is a ring that has Christmas tone to it. It is of recent manufacture and designed as three graduated spheres, pavé set with brilliant-cut diamonds, brown and black diamonds that gives the impression of Christmas tree baubles. This festive ring has been estimated to make £2000-3000.
Potential seasonal engagement rings include lot 169 a diamond single stone ring that comes with a GIA report stating the diamond to weigh 0.81 carats, colour E, clarity VS1, with no fluorescence. Lot 284 a diamond single stone ring weighing approximately 3.20 carats, with an estimate of £5000-7000. Lot 280 would also make an exquisite engagement ring, a marquise-shaped modified brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 1.56 carats, with tapered baguette-cut diamond single stone shoulders with a GIA report, estimated to make £2,500 – 3,000.
Estimated to make between £ 2,000 - 3,000 is a beautiful diamond bracelet composed of a series of square-set princess-cut diamond links. The approximate total weight of diamonds is 5.50 carats, set in 18ct. white gold (lot 279). This is of supreme quality and has an appealing Art Deco look.
As part of a selection of Cartier jewellery in the sale includes is a group of jewellery comprising of a classic navette panel necklace and an accompanying pair of earrings and ring, estimated to make £2500-3500 (lot 285). Another highlight from the House of Cartier is lot 287, a diamond-set love ring in18ct white gold. It is a classic for the romantic and a perfect Christmas gift. This ring is in excellent condition and comes complete with maker’s pouch, it is estimated £1500-2000 at auction.
The final lot of the sale and highlight for jewellery is Lot 291 an 18ct gold 'Spiga' necklace and pair of ear clips by Bulgari coming with the maker's case. The Spiga or ‘wheat stalk’ collection is a classic Bulgari design representing both ancient symbolism with modern design. First appearing in the 1990s it has become an established Bulgari icon echoing promise and infinity. This lot is estimated to make £4,000 - 5,000.
The regular wristwatch section includes an 18ct. white gold moon phases with power reserve automatic wristwatch by Patek Philippe Ref: 5055G, together with certificate of origin dated 1997, estimated to make £8000-12000 (lot 276). Patek Philippe is one of the most important and highly valued watchmakers in the world, considered among the “top three” most prestigious alongside Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. The brand has been making high-quality watches from its manufacture in Geneva since 1953, introducing this superb watch on offer in 1977.
Elsewhere in the watch section of the sale is a limited edition, stainless steel automatic 'Seamaster Professional Diver' wristwatch by Omega commemorating 40 years of James Bond (lot 274). This watch has been entered into the market at £2500-3000.
Estimated to make between £3000-5000 is an 18ct gold chronograph date ‘Santos’ wristwatch by Cartier ( lot 271). Originally built for Aviation, the Santos De Cartier was originally created in 1904 following a promise to Louis Cartiers friend Alberto Santos Dumont, a world-famous aviator. The promise made was to produce a watch with the ability to tell the time when flying, a feat that was almost profound at the time. Alberto's celebrity status made the men's wristwatch a fashion icon overnight, and wrote the Cartier Santos into the history books. Faced in a geometric style with exposed screws, the watch on offer still pays homage to the original timepiece.
The highlight of the pocket watch section is a pair of mid-19th century Swiss silver-gilt and painted enamel open face fob watches by Bovet made for the Chinese market (lot 204). Bovet Fleurier SA is a Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers-chartered May 1, 1822 in London, U.K. by Édouard Bovet. It is most noted for its pocket watches manufactured for the Chinese market in the 19th century such as the lot on offer. The watches come in their original fitted case, estimated to make £1,500-2,500.
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