Jewellery & Watches Preview Highlights

9/11/2018     News Stories & Press Release, Jewellery & Watches

London: An exquisite Belle Epoque drop-shaped saltwater pearl necklace leads a strong line up of jewellery and watches going under the hammer at Roseberys London on November 20.

Lot 287: An important antique natural pearl, diamond pendant and Belle Epoque platinum and diamond necklace – £70,000-100,000 estimate

Natural (as opposed to cultured) pearls are highly coveted on the secondary market, particularly among buyers in the Middle East. The drop-shaped natural pearl in this antique necklace weighs approximately 128 grains (32 carats) and has a desirable symmetrical shape, a good lustre and no treatment. Few gem quality saltwater pearls of more than 120 grains like this appear on the open market. The pearl is mounted in a rose-cut diamond cap with old-brilliant-cut diamond single stone surmount. The Belle Epoque platinum and diamond necklace dates from c.1915 and sports a double row articulated panel design. The necklace (lot 287) carries an estimate of £70,000-100,000 and comes with a Gemmological Certification Services report stating it is a natural saltwater pearl.

Catering to more modest budgets is a c.1930s diamond clip brooch (lot 274) by famous Greek jewellery house Vourakis, estimated in the sale at £3,000-5,000. Fashioned into a ribbon spray design, the 2½in (6.5cm) piece is set in the centre with an old-brilliant-cut diamond circular cluster and baguette diamond starburst border to a pave circular-cut diamond ribbon.
Another period piece for sale is an Art Deco platinum, diamond and sapphire flexible bracelet (lot 282) set in old-brilliant-cut diamond articulated panels entwined around a single row of calibre sapphires. The 7in (18.5cm) long creation is guided at £4,000-5,000.


The pick of over 100 rings on offer is this platinum Kashmir sapphire (lot 283). The size M single stone ring features an oval-cut sapphire weighing 2.25 carats in a four-claw mount with tapering baguette diamond single stone shoulders. It comes with a certificate from the Gubelin Gem Laboratory in Lucerne and is estimated at £40,000-50,000.

Lot 149: automatic chronograph wristwatch by Breitling – £10,000-20,000A comprehensive watches section includes a rare c.1810 Swiss gold two motion automaton pocket watch (lot 132), which carries hopes of £8,000-12,000. The automation is operated by a lever which springs a three-colour gold scene into life – a mounted huntsman’s horse moves up and down as if drinking from an ornamental basin while a young girl pulls a water pump beside a tree.

Among a range of collectable modern watches is a limited-edition Big Bang ‘King Power F1 India’ automatic chronograph timepiece (lot 144) by luxury Swiss watch designer Hublot. One of 200 made in c.2010 to celebrate the first ever 2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix Airtel to take place in New Delhi, the watch bears the colours of the Indian flag of saffron, white and green and carries an estimate of £12,000-18,000.

Elsewhere, an 18ct gold and diamond automatic chronograph wristwatch (lot 149) made in an edition of just 10 by Breitling is guided at £10,000-20,000. The white ‘golf ball’ textured dial with white and gold Roman numerals was made in c.1995.

No watch sale is complete without Rolex and the sale will feature a clutch of examples to choose from. The pick is this platinum ‘Ice Blue Diagonal Motif’ day-date 40 automatic wristwatch (lot 151). Its ice blue ‘glacier’ dial has a striated pattern, luminous baton markers and matching hands with a magnified date aperture. The c.2017 watch comes in a presentation case with card box and documents, estimated at £12,000-16,000.

Jewellery & Watches Roseberys London

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Starting at 1pm

Preview Event
View a selection of highlights from the auction at The Clubhouse, 8 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4JU
Tuesday 13th November: 11am-6pm

Friday 16th November: 1pm – 5pm
Sunday 18th November: 10am – 2pm
Monday 19th November: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 20th November: 9.30am – 12.30pm

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Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for 30 years.

With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.

Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.

Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.

Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.




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