Christie’s New York will auction an exceptional collection of jewelry on April 17 in Manhattan from the estate of Huguette M. Clark, who passed away in 2011 two weeks shy of her 105th birthday. Clark is described as one of the last great heiresses of the country's Gilded Age. Her jewelry collection, which is believed to have been stored in a bank vault since the 1940s, includes signed Art Deco jewels by Cartier, Dreicer & Co., and Tiffany & Co. The presale estimate for the entire sale stands a $9 million to $12 million.
The top lot will be a 9.00-carat, cushion-cut fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond mounted in a Belle Époque setting by the French jeweler Dreicer & Co. Based upon the date of the stone’s setting, circa 1910, the ring is believed to have originally belonged to Clark’s mother, Anna Eugenia La Chapelle, and has a presale estimate of $6 million to $8 million.
Clark’s collection also features an exceptional 19.86-carat, D, potentially internally flawless diamond ring (pictured) by Cartier with a presale estimate of $2 million to $3 million. The collection includes a stunning an intricately-detailed diamond bracelet and a diamond and multi-gem charm bracelet, both by Cartier, circa 1925. Christie's will auction a ruby, sapphire, emerald and gold bracelet believed to have been designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany of Tiffany & Co. in 1915.
''In the world of fine jewelry, this is truly a fairytale collection,'' said Rahul Kadakia, the head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas. ''Opening the vault to find this treasure trove of period jewels from the best French houses of the early 1900s has certainly been one of the most extraordinary moments of my 15-year career here at Christie’s. The iconic Art Deco design and exceptional craftsmanship of these meticulously preserved jewels are emblematic of the great Gilded Age in American history. We are proud to present this collection from one of the nation’s most storied families as the major highlight of our flagship jewelry auction this spring.''