Maker’s Mark Ar Pellet between, Mullets and Pellets below, in shaped shield, London 1679 (est. $100/200,000) and a Pair of George III Silver-Gilt ‘Bacchic’ Wine Collers, Joseph Preedy, London, 1802 (est. $120/150,000).
IMPORTANT WATCHES Exhibition opens: 14 April
19 April 2010
The Sotheby’s New York auction of Important Watches on 19 April offers a fantastic selection of pieces, from contemporary wristwatches to vintage collector’s pieces, as well as an exceptional Piguet Meylan enamel watch made for the Chinese market that depicts the Allegory of Spring (est. $40/60,000). Among the most interesting wristwatches is a collection of modern complicated pieces including tourbillon wristwatches by makers as diverse as Hublot, Roger Dubuis, Parmigiani and A. Lange & Söhne. Sotheby’s is also pleased to offer a wonderful grouping of Patek Philippe watches. The highlights of this category include a very rare pink gold automatic Ref. 2526 with enamel dial and unusual Arabic numerals, retailed by Serpico Y Laino (est. $40/60,000), a platinum perpetual calendar chronograph watch, Ref. 3970EP (est. $100/150,000) and an important automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch with leap year indicator, Ref. 3450J, retailed by Beyer (est. $150/250,000).
MAGNIFICENT JEWELS Exhibition opens: 16 April
ALWAYS IN STYLE: 150 YEARS OF ARTISTIC JEWELS
20 April 2010
On 20 April Sotheby’s will offer three sessions of jewelry comprising a single-owner sale Always in Style: 150 Years of Artistic Jewels and Magnificent Jewels. A Magnificent Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Necklace (est. $2/3 million), property from a private collection, features 42 GIA-certified fancy vivid yellow diamonds weighing 100.17 carats set in a graduated riviere style necklace. This spectacular jewel is believed to be the first necklace set entirely with fancy vivid yellow diamonds ever to appear at auction. Sotheby’s is also privileged to present magnificent jewels from the collection of Patricia Kluge as a major highlight of the April sale. As in any great jewelry collection, at the core are her white diamonds, including the impressive Pair of Platinum and Diamond Pendant-Earclips, set with almost 64 carats of pear-shaped diamonds (est. $600/800,000). A Sapphire and Diamond Panthère Wristwatch, Cartier, French, circa 1985, (est. $100/150,000) speaks to Mrs. Kluge’s sophisticated appreciation of workmanship and her refined taste. Also from a private collection, a Ruby and Diamond
Ring, set with a cushion-shaped Burmese ruby of 8.66 carats, is one of the finest ‘pigeon blood red’ rubies to be offered on the market (est. $1/1.5 million). This historical stone is the property of the Gardner family and was formerly in the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner – the philanthropist and visionary patron of the arts whose remarkable art collection is housed in the Boston museum that bears her name.
Highlighting the fancy colored diamonds on offer is a rare Fancy Intense Pinkish Orange Diamond Ring, set with a 7.67 carat, type IIa, cut-cornered rectangular modified brilliant-cut stone that is the largest flawless or internally flawless diamond of this pinkish orange color graded by the GIA to date (est. $2.5/3.5 million). The sale will commence with Always in Style: 150 Years