Belle of the ball for Christmas
06 December 2017
The maiden auction for new Head of Department, Mark Bowis proved to be a positive addition to Roseberys sale calendar and provided a lot of Christmas sparkle for the lucky bidders entering into the festive season.
Great names such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co and Cartier led the way, with pieces from the Belle Epoque periods being the stand out stars of the auction.
Bowis commented “it was lovely to see such a full and busy room of buyers; I was delighted at the popularity of the Belle Epoque period pieces as it proves the buoyancy of the market for jewellery.”
The saleroom hummed with a buzzed of excitement as (lot 128) came up for sale. Multiple online platforms, a packed saleroom and ten telephone lines, waited with baited breath to bid on an exquisite and rare Belle Epoque, platinum, pearl and diamond sautoir necklace, the fancy chain-link necklace with pearl intervals and spectacle-set old brilliant-cut diamond three stone connecting links, c.1910 and measuring an impressive 238cm long, hence the rarity, an item of jewellery like is not often known to survive in its original length as many of these were shortened in later years or divided up into shorter necklaces to disperse to various members of the family. Final price achieved, £9600
Further Belle Epoque interest was found (lot 157) a platinum, diamond and conch pearl pendant necklace, delicate in style c. 1915 smashed its estimate of £250-350 after continued bidding settled at £2700.
Further highlights include:
(lot 39) An unusual Victorian gold and garnet necklace in the form of a serpent – the head set with a single pear-shaped foiled cabochon Garnet crest, garnet eyes and engraved details c.1840 measuring 40cm long sold for a final figure of £1050
(lot 40) A collection of Tassie style glass seals, cameos, intaglios and two rings, including an oval agate Neo-Classical intaglio of a Sasanian figure, two lava cameos and three oval Wedgewood intaglio plaques, presented in a wooden box realised well over the estimate of £300-400 selling for an impressive £1750
Pocket watches also saw popularity on the day with (lot 103) A late 19 century American 18ct gold hunter case pocket watch, by Waltham Watch Co. with Roman numerals, outer red Arabic numeral five minute divisions, blue steel hands, with keyless lever 17 jewel movement, signed by the company and weighing 136.5g went over estimate for a final figure of £1340
A wonderful piece of novelty jewellery for cat lovers was a Tiffany & Co. ‘cat and mouse’ ring from early 20 century in gold and platinum, the exterior of the hoop modelled as a cat chasing three mice, one in rose gold and each with a platinum tails ran out the door for £6800 (lot 141) pictured left.
The sale came to an impressive end with two lots (lot 210) an early 20 century French platinum, diamond and emerald bracelet of broad flexible design c.1930 – French assay marks and indistinct maker’s mark, with a final sale price of £12,300
Saving the best to last (lot 211) the star of the sale was an important diamond single stone ring, weighing 2.21 carats in four claw-set mount to pave old brilliant cut diamond surround and princess-cut diamond five stone line shoulders, size M; really stole the hearts of many in the saleroom on the day lighting up someone’s Christmas after realising a sale price of £18,450.
Roseberys London are currently consigning for 2018 Jewellery auction with the next on the 20 March. Please contact Mark Bowis for a complimentary valuation
*Prices include Buyers Premium of 23%.
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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.
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