12 décembre 2012

Very Fine Large Carved Black Opal--"The Eagle's Head". Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

Very Fine Large Carved Black Opal--"The Eagle's Head". Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Photo Bonhams Worthy of a custom-made brooch fitting by Madeline Albright, this very fine quality true black opal displays a vivid pattern of blue and green play-of-fire which unmistakeably designates its origin as Lightning Ridge. A five out of five in terms of vibrancy, this was exceptional quality material to use in a carving which deserves a fitting home, signed on the reverse with monogram initials CR and dated... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2012

Black Oval Cabochon Opal. Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

Black Oval Cabochon Opal. Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Photo Bonhams Even within the category of black opals, some are more sought-after than others. The present stone is such a piece—surpassed by few other opals in terms of its vibrancy of color—a true 5/5 for vividness and presence of color. Distinctive also is its "flagstone" pattern play-of-color: dominated by broad patches of electric blue, purple, green and orange at the edges and centering on a "windmill" pattern of predominantly fiery red and... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2012

Classic Black Opal--"The Black Prince". Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

Classic Black Opal--"The Black Prince". Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Photo Bonhams Many dark gray opals are incorrectly called "black opals". The present opal is one of these rare, true black gems. A rich and unique floral pattern play-of-color graces the surface, hovering like a hologram. Predominating in true reds with secondary splashes of orange, yellow, green and electric blue, with midnight black potch to the reverse. This is an important, gem-quality, named opal of considerable size, worthy of... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2012

The jewellery collection of the late Michael Wellby makes three times estimate in £2.8 million sale

An important diamond devant de corsage, late 18th Century. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- This afternoon at Sotheby’s London the Jewellery Collection of the Late Michael Wellby made an outstanding total of £2,836,300 – more than three times the pre-sale low estimate of £838,600-£1,194,100, in a rare “white glove” auction in which all 211 lots were sold. Collectors competed fiercely for key pieces. The sale’s top lot was an important late 18th Century diamond devant de corsage, which keen bidding drove to £385,250 – more than six times... [Lire la suite]
12 décembre 2012

$6 million vase once owned by First Lady Lou Henry Hoover sells at Bonhams in San Francisco

A magnificent blue and white porcelain vase, tianqiuping, Yongzheng Mark and period. Superbly potted resting on a band of stiff lappets under a main body of interlocking lotus, pomegranate, peony, camellia and seasonal flowers brilliantly drawn with spiralling tendrils under a delicately shaded cloud collar and and xiangcai band enclosing an elegant frieze of classic waves setting off the tapered cylindrical neck rendered with further lotus blossoms and scrolling foliate tendrils under a cloud and dart border suspended from a... [Lire la suite]
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12 décembre 2012

A diamond ring

A diamond ring. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Set with a rectangular-cut diamond, weighing approximately 6.40 carats, the shoulders set with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum. Estimate $350,000 - $450,000. Price Realized $482,500 With report 11368592 dated 1 March 2012 from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamond is D color, flawless clarity Christie's. Magnificent Jewels . 10 December 2012 New York, Rockefeller Plaza
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12 décembre 2012

A diamond ring

A diamond ring. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012 Set with a cushion-cut light yellow diamond, weighing approximately 23.78 carats, mounted in white gold. Estimate $200,000 - $300,000. Price Realized $494,500 Christie's. Magnificent Jewels . 10 December 2012 New York, Rockefeller Plaza
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12 décembre 2012

Cabinet en placage de palissandre. Italie, XVIIe siècle

Cabinet en placage de palissandre. Italie, XVIIe siècle. Photo Europ Auction à décor de filets et de scènes mythologiques sur ivoire finement gravé de dauphins, sirènes, chevaux marins et tridents. Il ouvre par dix tiroirs entourant une porte centrale ornée de chapiteaux ioniques. Piètement en placage de palissandre composé de six pieds à chapiteaux ioniques réunis par une entretoise et terminés par des pieds boules. H 152, L 110, P 39 cm (restaurations). Estimation : 10 000 / 12 000 € Europ... [Lire la suite]