A.lain R. T.ruong

17 avril 2014

Sotheby's Geneva to sell an impressive selection of magnificent jewels and noble jewels

 GENEVA.- On 13 May 2014, Sotheby’s Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels will present an impressive selection of signed and period jewels from private collections, some with noble provenance. The array of important diamonds in the sale includes the ‘Graff Vivid Yellow’, an exceptional 100.09 carat daffodil yellow diamond ring and the Victory Diamond, named in honour of the Allied victory in World War II. Coloured stones include an important 121.00 carat Burmese sapphire and an exquisite 12.46 carat Burmese ruby. Collectors of jewels from the 20th century will be captivated by the Belperron jewels from the collection of Mme Picha-Eisenstein, a close friend of the celebrated designer Suzanne Belperron. 

David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Switzerland and Chairman of the Jewellery Department for Europe and the Middle East commented: “It is a very interesting and varied sale featuring fine coloured gemstones, magnificent white diamonds, and a wide choice among many private collections of fine jewellery, some of them with noble provenance. Of particular interest to the collector will be the fascinating group of jewels by Suzanne Belperron which was formed by one of her close friends, Madame Mary Picha-Eisenstein; and a small but exquisite private collection of art nouveau jewels by René Lalique”.  

Jewels from the Collection of Flora Sassoon
Sotheby’s will present a selection of jewels from the collection of Flora Sassoon. A pioneering and influential figure of the late 19th and early 20th century, Flora Sassoon excelled in business, successfully running her husband’s Bombay business after he died, and went on to shine in social and philanthropic circles in turn-of-the-century London. Outstanding pieces from her collection include a ravishing diamond necklace, (lot 459, est. CHF 360,000 – 625,000 / $400,000 – 700,000).

The auction will also feature an impressive selection of pieces from other important private collections, some of noble and royal provenance. 

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Formerly in the Collection of Flora Sassoon, Diamond necklace, circa 1900. Estimate: 360,000 – 625,000 CHF / 400,000 - 700,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s

Diamonds of exception
The Magnificent Jewels section features an exceptional offering of important diamonds, led by the spectacular ‘Graff Vivid Yellow’, a sensational daffodil yellow diamond weighing 100.09 carats, mounted as a ring. Of exceptional beauty and extraordinary fire and brilliance, this gem is among the largest Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds in the world, appearing on the list of the ‘World’s Largest Cut Diamonds’ in Ian Balfour’s Famous Diamonds (2008) (lot 507, est. CHF 13,400,000 – 22,300,000 / $15,000,000 – 25,000,000).

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The spectacular ‘Graff Vivid Yellow’. Est. CHF 13,400,000 – 22,300,000 / $15,000,000 – 25,000,000. Photo: Sotheby's.

The selection will also include a stunning cushion brilliant-cut diamond weighing 70.33 carats. This D Colour flawless gem was found to be part of the rare Type IIa subgroup – chemically the purest of all diamond crystals and often with extraordinary optical transparency (lot 500, est. CHF 10,700,000 – 14,300,000 / $12,000,000 – 16,000,000). 

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Magnificent diamond ring, illustrated unmounted . Weighing 70.33 carats, D Colour, Flawless, Type IIa, Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry. Estimate: 10,700,000 - 14,300,000 CHF / 12,000,000 – 16,000,000 USDPhoto Sotheby’s

Of fascinating historical significance is the Victory Diamond, named in honour of the Allied victory in World War II. A step-cut diamond weighing 31.34 carats, it was also graded by the GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) as D Colour and Potentially Flawless, and is also Type IIa. The Victory Diamond formerly belonged to Florence Gould, celebrated as one of the truly great collectors of jewellery in the 20th century (lot 504, est. CHF 4,460,000 – 7,100,000 / $5,000,000 – 8,000,000). 

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Property from a Private Collection. The Victory Diamond. Weighing 31.34 carats, D Colour, VVS2 Clarity, Type IIa Potentially Internally Flawless. Estimate: 4,460,000 CHF - 7,100,000 CHF / 5,000,000 - 8,000,000 USDPhoto Sotheby’s

Among the other white diamonds on offer is a spectacular diamond ring by Graff, set with a round brilliant-cut diamond which, at 103.46 carats, is one of the largest known round diamonds. The gem, like the ‘Graff Vivid Yellow’, appears on Famous Diamonds’ list of the ‘World’s Largest Cut Diamonds’ (lot 506, est. CHF 3,200,000 – 4,460,000 / $3,500,000 – 5,000,000). 

The section will also feature an impressive array of step-cut, potentially flawless diamonds, including a D Colour 17.25 carat diamond (lot 493, est. CHF 1,520,000 – 2,200,000 / $1,700,000 – 2,400,000). Also worthy of note is a 30.01 carat diamond (lot 496, est. CHF 1,340,000 – 2,230,000 / $1,500,000 – 2,500,000). 

Coloured Diamonds
The selection of coloured diamonds comprises a delightful ring of toi et moi design, set with two diamonds: one a Fancy Vivid Blue of 3.08 carats and the other a Fancy Intense Blue weighing 2.83 carats. Both diamonds are potentially flawless (lot 526, est. CHF 3,570,000 – 6,200,000 / $4,000,000 – 7,000,000).

The allure of pink diamonds is exemplified this Spring in a Fancy Pink diamond ring, claw-set with a marquise-shaped stone weighing 12.07 carats (lot 522, est. CHF 3,570,000 – 6,200,000 / $4,000,000 – 7,000,000) along with a round brilliant Fancy Light Pink diamond ring weighing 10.11 carats (lot 525, est. CHF 450,000 – 715,000 / $500,000 – 800,000).

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From an Important Private Collection. Fancy Light Pink diamond ring weighing 10.11 carats, Natural Colour, Fancy Light Pink, VS2 Clarity. Estimate: 450,000 – 715,000 CHF / 500,000 – 800,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s

From an Important Private Collection. Fancy Vivid Blue and Fancy Intense Blue "toi et moi" diamond ring, set with one fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 3.08 carats, the other fancy intense blue weighing 2.83 carats, both VVS1 clarity and both Potentially Flawless. Estimate: 3,570,000 - 6,200,000 CHF / 4,000,000 - 7,000,000 USD. Photo Sotheby’s
 
From an Important Private Collection. Fancy Pink diamond ring. Weighing 12.07 carats, Natural Colour, Fancy Pink, Internally Flawless. Estimate: 3,570,000  - 6,200,000 CHF / 4,000,000 – 7,000,000 USDPhoto Sotheby’s

Coloured Gemstones
The sale in May will also feature a rich assortment of exceptional gemstones. The exemplary characteristics of Burmese rubies are represented by a very important ruby and diamond ring (left), set with a cushion-shaped ruby weighing 12.46 carats between triangular diamond shoulders (lot 461, est. CHF 2,500,000 – 4,250,000 / $2,800,000 – 4,800,000).

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A very important Burmese ruby and diamond ring weighing 12.46 carats. Estimate: 2,500,000–4,250,000 CHF / 2,800,000–4,800,000 USDPhoto Sotheby’s

Meanwhile, a fine example of Kashmir sapphires is found in an important sapphire and diamond ring – the cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 10.96 carats mounted as a ring between demi-lune diamond shoulders. The Swiss Gemmological Institute describes this exceptional sapphire: “the velvety blue of this sapphire is due to very fine and subtle inclusions and a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the gemstone” (lot 492, est. CHF 1,100,000 – 1,400,000 / $1,200,000 – 1,600,000). 

Connoisseurs will also delight in a rare and magnificent unmounted Burmese sapphire – an oval stone weighing 121.00 carats. The gem is accompanied by a Gübelin report stating that the stone is “free from thermal treatment, and possessing a richly saturated and homogenous colour, combined with a high degree of transparency” (lot 445, est. CHF 1,200,000 – 1,600,000 / $1,300,000 – 1,800,000). 

The section will offer a variety of emerald jewels, including an emerald and diamond ring, featuring a step-cut Colombian emerald weighing 30.32 carats (lot 514, est. CHF 270,000 – 450,000 / $300,000 – 500,000). A further example of the dazzling green of Colombian emeralds can be found in an exquisite pair of emerald and diamond ear clips, each with a bow-shaped surmount set with triangular diamonds and a cabochon emerald, suspending a drop-shaped emerald (lot 520, est. CHF 180,000 – 270,000 / $200,000 – 300,000). 

The sale will include a wide selection of fine natural pearl jewels - more than 60 pieces - among them necklaces and ear pendants and fine pearl drops. Highlights include a natural pearl and diamond necklace (lot 505, est. CHF 225,000 – 315,000 / $250,000 – 350,000) and a pair of natural pearl and diamond pendent earrings from a Noble Collection (lot 460, est. CHF 315,000 – 490,000 / $350,000 – 550,000). 

Signed and Period Jewels
The sale this spring features a fascinating selection of jewels demonstrating exemplary craftsmanship and historical significance. A fragment of aviation history is brought to life through a gold and diamond necklace (illustrated left) from the collection of Jacqueline Auriol, celebrated as one of the most audacious test pilots of the 20th century. A gift to Mme Auriol from aircraft industrialist Marcel Dassault in honour of her achievements, the necklace is embellished to the side with a gold Mystère IV fighter jet and a line of graduating circular-cut diamonds (lot 432, est. CHF 20,000 – 30,000 / $22,000 – 33,000).

Connoisseurs of jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels will delight in wonderful examples of serti mystérieux craftsmanship: a selection of jewels designed as flowers, the petals composed of calibré-cut rubies, the pistils with brilliant-cut diamonds. The sale includes a ruby and diamond brooch, ‘Deux Fleurs’, 1996 (lot 501, est. CHF 135,000 - 225,000 / $150,000 – 250,000), along with a pair of ruby and diamond ear clips ‘Pergola Royale’, 1996 (lot 502, est. CHF 135,000 – 225,000 / $150,000 – 250,000) and a pair of ruby and diamond brooches (lot 517, est. CHF 65,000 – 90,000 / $70,000 – 100,000). 

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A ruby and diamond brooch, ‘Deux Fleurs’, 1996 (lot 501, est. CHF 135,000 - 225,000 / $150,000 – 250,000), with a pair of ruby and diamond ear clips ‘Pergola Royale’, 1996 (lot 502, est. CHF 135,000 –225,000 / $150,000 – 250,000. Photo: Sotheby's

The Art Nouveau designer René Lalique is represented by a small but exquisite private collection of jewels, including a natural pearl, enamel and diamond devant le corsage set with glass berry clusters and circular-, single-cut and rose diamonds, suspending a baroque-shaped natural pearl (lot 391, est. CHF 105,000 – 135,000 / $118,000 – 150,000). 

Sotheby's Geneva has led the market for Belperron jewels since the sale of Suzanne Belperron's personal collection in 2012. The woman widely recognised as the greatest female jewellery designer of the 20th century is well represented in this sale, with a selection showcasing her creativity and craft. The ensemble is from the Collection of Mme Picha-Eisenstein, a dear friend of Mme Belperron who regularly sought out Suzanne to make jewels for her personal collection. Admiring of her talent, she often recommended Mme Belperron to famous actors and actresses whom she knew through her husband, Boris Eisenstein, founder of the “Société Parisienne de Sonorisation”. She wore her Belperron jewels when attending the annual Cannes Film Festival where she met the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant and dear friends Walt and Roy Disney. Highlights from Mme Picha-Eistensten’s collection include a pair of diamond clips by Suzanne Belperron, 1943, accompanied by a hinged torque necklace (above) (lot 233, est. CHF 37,000 – 50,000 / $40,000 – 53,000) and a diamond cuff bracelet, ‘Mon Bracelet’, Suzanne Belperron, 1942, composed of three tapered bands set with circular-cut diamonds (lot 249, est. CHF 37,000 – 50,000 / $40,000 – 53,000). 


16 avril 2014

A pair of Dutch Delft polychrome vases, mid-18th century

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A pair of Dutch Delft polychrome vases, mid-18th century. Photo Sotheby's

of slender lobed baluster form, painted in the 'cashmire' palette with panels of a bird amongst flowers alternating with a bird perched on a vase of flowers beneath a floral lappet border, restoration to one rim. Quantité: 2; 32.5cm., 12 3/4 in. high. Estimation 1,000 — 1,500 GBP

Provenance: The Stodel Collection (paper label to base)

Sotheby's. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. London | 29 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com

A gem-set marine scene brooch, Seaman Schepps

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A gem-set marine scene brooch, Seaman Schepps. Photo Bonhams.

designed as a carved opal fish, with a circular-cut sapphire eye, enhanced by a coral branch and textured gold seaweed, set with circular-cut diamond and emeralds and baroque cultured pearls; signed Seaman Schepps; no. P12111, with maker's mark; mounted in eighteen karat gold; length: 2 1/2in. Sold for US$ 7,500 (€5,419)

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. New York, 9 Apr 2014 - www.bonhams.com

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Four Dutch Delft polychrome vases and covers, circa 1700-1720

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Four Dutch Delft polychrome vases and covers, circa 1700-1720. Photo Sotheby's

all painted in the 'cashmire' palette with flowers and formal borders to the rims, the large vase of flattened form painted with a scene of a large bird perched upon rockwork, picked out in ochre, the baluster shaped vase with similar pattern, the three largest vases with LVE marks over numerals in underglaze-blue and iron-red for Lambertus van Eenhoorn, some restoration. Quantité: 8: the largest vase: 34cm., 13 3/8 in. high. Estimation 2,000 — 4,000 GBP 

Sotheby's. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. London | 29 avr. 2014www.sothebys.com

An aquamarine, diamond and sapphire necklace

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An aquamarine, diamond and sapphire necklace. Photo Bonhams.

designed as a series of graduated oval-cut aquamarines, spaced by scrolling square-cut diamond and sapphire links, suspending baguette-cut diamond swags; largest aquamarine weighs approximately 3.00 carats; estimated total diamond weight: 13.60 carats; mounted in eighteen karat white gold; length: 16in. Sold for US$ 25,000 (€18,063)

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. New York, 9 Apr 2014www.bonhams.com

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A pair of tall Dutch Delft polychrome beaker vases, early 18th century

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A pair of tall Dutch Delft polychrome beaker vases, early 18th century. Photo Sotheby's

by Pieter Adriaensz Kocx, each ribbed body painted in the 'cashmire' palette with birds on a rock amongst flowering shrubs and insects between lappet borders, iron-red PAK mark for Pieter Adriaensz Kocx, owner of De Grieksche A (The Greek A) factory, one vase restored. Quantité: 2; 43cm., 16 7/8 in. high. Estimation 1,000 — 1,500 GBP

Sotheby's. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. London | 29 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com

A multi-colored sapphire necklace & A multi-colored sapphire bracelet, Tony Duquette

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A multi-colored sapphire necklace, Tony Duquette. Photo Bonhams.

designed as a bib of carved leaf and oval faceted sapphires in various sizes and colors; signed Tony Duquette; estimated total sapphire weight: 916.00 carats; mounted in eighteen karat gold; gross weight approximately: 468.4 grams; length: 15 1/2in. Sold for US$ 43,750 (€31,611)

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A multi-colored sapphire bracelet, Tony Duquette. Photo Bonhams.

the wide bracelet set throughout with oval-shaped blue, yellow and pink sapphires, further detailed with pink, yellow, blue and purple carved sapphire leaves; signed Tony Duquette; estimated total sapphire weight: 305.00 carats; mounted in eighteen karat gold; length: 6 1/2in. Estimate US$ 25,000 - 35,000 (€18,000 - 25,000). Unsold

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. New York, 9 Apr 2014 - www.bonhams.com

A Dutch Delft doré dish, early 18th century

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A Dutch Delft doré dish, early 18th century. Photo Sotheby's

painted in Japanese Imari style with an Oriental woman and a jumping boy on a fenced terrace with a table and flowering plants with chrysanthemum issuing from blue scrolls and with two exotic birds in flight, together with a tall Dutch Delft doré vase and a matching cover, both with iron-red PAK mark for Pieter Adriaensz Kocx, owner of the De Grieksche A (The Greek A ) factory, and two Dutch Delft polychrome triangular dishes painted in the 'cashmire' palette. Quantité: 5; the doré dish: 30.5cm., 12 in. diam. Estimation 1,500 — 2,000 GBP 

Provenance: the doré dish: Sold Christies London, 6th October, 1986, lot 10,
With Caviglia, Switzerland;
the triangular stands: The Stodel Collection (paper label to base)

A related dish is in the collection of the Sèvres Musée National de Céramique and is illustrated in the collection catalogue Faïence de Delft, 1998, p.139, pl.107.

Sotheby's. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. London | 29 avr. 2014www.sothebys.com

A yellow sapphire and diamond ring

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A yellow sapphire and diamond ring. Photo Bonhams.

centering a cushion-cut yellow sapphire, weighing 32.85 carats, within an openwork, pavé-set diamond gallery and mount; signed OSJ for Oliver Smith Jeweler, Scottsdale; estimated total diamond weight: 1.18 carats; mounted in eighteen karat white gold; size 6 3/4. Sold for US$ 16,250 (€11,741)

Accompanied by AGL report #CS 51371, dated September 10, 2012, stating the sapphire as: Ceylon (Sri Lanka) origin, no evidence of heat or clarity enhancement.

Bonhams. FINE JEWELLERY. New York, 9 Apr 2014 - www.bonhams.com

A garniture of three Dutch Delft polychrome vases and covers, early 18th century

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A garniture of three Dutch Delft polychrome vases and covers, early 18th century. Photo Sotheby's

of hexagonal form, painted with panels of flowering plants and rocks between moulded leaf and diaper pattern borders, the covers with seated animal finials, blue painted CK monogram, some restoration, Quantité: 6; the tallest 28cm., 11 in. high, Estimation 3,000 — 4,000 GBP

Exposition: An Introduction to Dutch Delftware, Earle D. Vandekar, London, 3rd-14th July 1978, pl.5.

Sotheby's. The Gustav Leonhardt Collection, Property from the Bartolotti House, Amsterdam. London | 29 avr. 2014 - www.sothebys.com



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