Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York will be held on April 18 and is distinguished by signed jewels from prominent estate collections, as well as top quality gemstones. This sale also provides rare pieces from designers of the 20th century such as Cartier to Belperron and Flato, as well as Art Moderne jewels.
''This April, we are privileged to present a sale in which we have been entrusted with great jewels from the estate collections of several women whose philanthropy, social stature and style will long be remembered,” said Lisa Hubbard, Sotheby’s chairman, North & South America, international jewelry division. “The selection of signed and period jewels in particular offers a window into the lives of these women, each with their own taste but all having an eye for the very best. We are also delighted to present the Mughal carved emerald brooch by Cartier that is featured on the cover of our sale catalog – a successful marriage of East and West by the leading pioneer of Art Deco design.”
Property from the estate of Eunice Joyce Gardiner, a former London model, is featured in the New York sale. In 1961, she met her second husband, Robert David Lion Gardiner, a descendant of Lion Gardiner, who acquired the storied Gardiner’s Island at the eastern tip of Long Island in 1639, and their wedding was a highlight in the annals of U.S. society. The Gardiner lots, estimated at more than $2 million, comprises of 47 jewels ranging from exquisite antique pieces to bold David Webb designs. A highlight from her collection, pictured above, is the Lacloche Freres platinum, sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, circa 1925, set with a 29.50-carat emerald-cut Burmese sapphire along with more than 31 carats of diamonds.
The estate of Nancy Blackburn Hamon of Dallas includes a platinum ring set with a 12.64-carat, E, VS1, marquise-shaped diamond and a platinum and diamond necklace/bracelet combination by Harry Winston, circa 1956, designed with pear and marquise-shaped diamonds in a wreath motif.
Property from the estate of Valerie Pascal Delacorte will be sold at Sotheby's New York to benefit The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, of which she was major benefactor. The estate includes pieces by Bulgari, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels and Buccellati.
Sotheby's will feature jewels from the estate of a distinguished New York collector that represents an extraordinary group of pieces spanning almost two centuries of jewelry history. Lots feature gemstones as well as unique designs that exemplify the periods in which they were made, such as the whimsical decorative garden scene brooch and a Taj Mahal brooch, both by Mauboussin.
“Each auction season, Sotheby’s sales of Magnificent Jewels includes white and colored diamonds and precious gemstones of the highest quality,” said Gary Schuler, the head of Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York. “This spring, we are excited to offer outstanding examples of yellow, blue and pink diamonds, a number of charming white diamonds from Estate collections, as well as an exceptional Kashmir sapphire and a significant selection of gem caliber emeralds.”
One such colored stone is an impressive fancy vivid yellow ring (pictured above) with a 23.02-carat, VVS1, cushion-shaped step-cut diamond that carries a presale estimate of $1.5 million to $2 million. Another item, an exceptional platinum, sapphire and diamond ring, mounted by Cartier, features a sugarloaf cabochon sapphire weighing 20.21 carats and it is accompanied by an AGL report stating that the stone is of Kashmir origin, with no gemological evidence of heat treatment, and has a presale estimate of $700,000 to $1 million.
Sotheby's will offer a platinum, pearl and diamond necklace by Cartier, Paris, circa 1935, featuring a graduated single-strand of 51 natural pearls, in addition to a platinum and fancy blue diamond ring by Tiffany & Co., circa 1900.
The sale will include an emerald brooch by Cartier, weighing approximately 13 carats, along with two gold and cabochon emerald rings, circa 1900, and a very rare platinum, carved emerald and sapphire brooch by Cartier, New York, circa 1920. The carved emerald dates from the late-17th to early-18th century, and was set within the elegant and understated mounting by Cartier in the 1920s. Jewelry historian Usha R. Bala Krishnan has said of the carving, “There is a softness and beauty to the design and workmanship that were hallmarks of 17th century hard stone carving. The floral motifs of course echo the pietra-dura flowers on the Taj Mahal.”