Jewelry, Decorative Arts and Fine Art presented at John Moran Auctioneers’ September 20 Sale Pasadena, CA--John Moran Auctioneers announces their September 20th Antiques and Jewelry Auction, featuring a large selection of fine jewelry along with Continental fine art and furnishings, silver, b
News-Antique.com - Aug 29,2011 - Pasadena, CA--John Moran Auctioneers announces their September 20th Antiques and Jewelry Auction, featuring a large selection of fine jewelry along with Continental fine art and furnishings, silver, bronzes, porcelain, coins and eclectic estate items. The more than 550 lots will be sold in two sessions: the catalogued afternoon sale, and the uncatalogued, no-reserve ‘’Discovery Sale’’ which is held in the evening, immediately following the catalogued session.
Spurred on by the great success of their previous jewelry sales, including the record-breaking May auction, Moran’s has expanded their jewelry department, adding new staff to accommodate increasing consignment volume. Jewelry will now be offered at least three times a year as a special feature in the Antiques and Decorative Arts Auctions.
The September 20th sale presents 125 lots of jewelry and watches in the catalogued afternoon session and 75 lots in the ‘’Discovery Sale’’, with an emphasis on vintage and antique pieces, particularly Art Deco brooches, necklaces bracelets and rings, but also including Victorian and Edwardian items. Two diamond and platinum rings, one with a 4.2 carat pear-shape (estimate $20,000 – 30,000), and one an Art Deco design set with a round cut (estimate: $8000 – 12,000), and a 4.05 carat round-cut diamond set in rose gold (estimate: $12,000 – 18,000), occupy the higher end of the estimate ranges, but many other diamonds carry estimates between $1000 and $7000, as do many charming gemstone and 18K gold pieces, including a Tiffany flower brooch set with diamond and sapphires and an Italian charm bracelet. Watches include ladies and gent’s model by Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Patek Philippe and Omega. All items hail from private estates and collections.
American coins are highlighted by a group of 73 U.S. Liberty Head (Morgan) dollars, (estimate: $15,000 – 20,000), several St. Gaudens $20 gold coins, offered in three lots of three each (estimate: $4000 – 5000 per lot), and a U.S. gold type set consisting of eight coins (estimate: $7000 – 9000). Collectors will also find a 1794 U.S. half-dime, an 1873 U.S. 2-Cent coin, and a lot comprising 47 US commemorative coins dating from 1892-1954.
The strong selection of silver is led by an important .800 standard silver Rococo Revival centerpiece made in the 1890’s by Philippe Wolfers of Wolfers Freres, one of Belgium’s most renowned silver workshops, in collaboration with the workshop’s head sculptor, Isidore de Rudder. At a monumental 380 ounces and 22’’ high, it is a marvelous example of craftsmanship and superb design, its integration of Japonisme, such as crested waves and swirling eddies, with Louis XV motifs marking a key point on the path of the emergence of Art Nouveau. The lively sense of movement and playful interpretation of traditional design elements add greatly to its appeal. It is offered with an estimate of $15,000 – 25,000.
Other significant silver items include a pair of 26-inch tall, 244-ounce German .835 standard 3-light candelabra, made in Hanau circa 1890, (estimate: $7,000/10,000); a French .950 standard jardinière by Robert Linzeler (estimate: $5000 –