Jewelry to Shine in Moran’s November 30th Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction Pasadena, CA-- John Moran Auctioneers announces their largest-ever offering of vintage jewelry at their two-session Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, to be held November 30th at the Pasadena Conve
News-Antique.com - Nov 10,2010 - Pasadena, CA-- John Moran Auctioneers announces their largest-ever offering of vintage jewelry at their two-session Antiques and Decorative Arts Auction, to be held November 30th at the Pasadena Convention Center. The 250 lots include an array of fine gemstones of exceptional size and quality, in settings ranging from charming Victorian and elegant Art Deco to sleek mid-twentieth century designs, and signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, Buccellati, Asprey, and David Webb. Buyers will also find un-mounted stones, group lots of gold and silver, watches, accessories and an abundance of costume jewelry, including signed pieces by Trifari, Miriam Haskell, Eisenberg and Weiss. Though much of the sale is focused on jewelry, a carefully edited selection of Continental furnishings and decorative artworks, silver, porcelain and European and American fine will also be offered.
The top-tier items, to be sold in the evening session, are led by an 18K white gold ring set with two large triangular-cut diamonds, one a medium cognac color and the other near-colorless (graded H-I color and SI clarity), flanked by 76 full-cut round diamonds. The estimate for this piece is $30,000 – 40,000.
Among the other top quality diamond pieces are a pair of diamond ear studs, each weighing approximately 3.04 carats (est: $25,000 – 35,000); a platinum and 4.01 carats pear-shaped diamond ring (est: $20,000 - 30,000); a 14K white gold ring centering a G-H color 3.96 carats marquise-cut diamond flanked by 30 full-cut round diamonds (est: $18,000 – 22,000); an 18K bi-colored gold and H-I color diamond swirl brooch (est: $13,000 – 18,000); and a pair of platinum and diamond swirl earclips ($8000 – 12,000). Numerous other diamond pieces fall into the $5000 - $18,000 range.
Art Deco and Victorian jewelry continues to enjoy a highly enthusiastic market, and Moran’s is pleased to offer several exquisite examples. A striking circa-1920 pendant necklace suspending a 22.10 cts cushion-cut sapphire and 19 old mine-cut diamonds arrives at auction fresh from a private collection where it has been cached for decades. It is estimated to fetch $15,000/25,000. Signed pieces such as a Mauboussin platinum, natural pearl and diamond bar brooch (est: $1500/2000) and an Erté aventurine pendant (est: $1200/1800) are also expected to perform well. Among the Victorian pieces is an 1890's silver-topped yellow gold and 2.40 cts diamond flower-form brooch that is estimated at $9,000/12,000.
Watches include a circa 1920 Patek Phillipe 18K yellow gold wristwatch (est: $6000 – 9000) and an 18K yellow gold Piaget Polo watch (est: $6000 – 8000). Over thirty pocket watches in 14K and 18K gold from top American and European makers will be divided between the two sale sessions.
Looking beyond the dazzling jewelry offerings, the selection of silver, furniture and decorative works of art will comprise a very high quality sale in its own right. A Federal line-inlaid mahogany tall case clock signed John Kinnan (Philadelphia) dating from circa 1800 is expected to bring $5000 – 7000. Silver selections include flatware, tea services, candelabra and other objects by Gorham, Shreve & Co.,