Diamond ring with staggering 10-plus-carat stone could bring $1 million at A.B. Levy's, Oct. 28 Over 250 lots of fine jewelry, artwork by renowned and listed artists, period furniture, desirable antiques and decorative accessories will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 28, by A.B. Levy’s in Palm Beach.
News-Antique.com - Oct 08,2012 - (PALM BEACH, Fla.) – Over 250 lots of fine jewelry, artwork by renowned and listed artists, period furniture, desirable antiques and decorative accessories will be offered on Sunday, Oct. 28, by A.B. Levy’s, starting at 1 p.m. (EST). The auction will be held at A.B. Levy’s spacious showroom, at 211 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
Just a few of the expected top lots include a dazzling ring centered by a square emerald Asscher cut diamond weighing 10+ carats; an Emile Galle carved cameo glass table lamp (circa 1910); a continental carved ivory set of the Four Seasons (circa 1880); a Rene Lalique grey glass “La Jour et la Nuit” mantel clock (circa 1926); and a large and important Italian micro-mosaic table top.
A.B. Levy’s has maintained an exclusive gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach for more than 20 years. The firm's inaugural auction, held in March in West Palm Beach, was a huge success, the top lot being a Rene Lalique Cire Perdue vase with Rene Lalique thumbprint that brought $212,000. The premiere auction at the Worth Avenue gallery was conducted May 6.
“We’ve been acting as brokers between buyers and sellers at the gallery since 1989, so it only seemed natural to take the business to the next level with an auction component,” said Albert B. Levy, President of A.B. Levy’s.
The diamond ring is the anticipated top earner of the auction, with a pre-sale estimate of $700,000-$1 million. The 10.04-carat center stone is flanked by two kite-shaped diamonds and completed by numerous round-cut diamonds. The ring, mounted by David Morris of London, is graded F for color and VS1 for clarity and is accompanied by a GIA certificate dated Nov. 2002.
The Italian micro-mosaic table top and the set of Four Seasons both enter the sale with identical estimates of $100,000-$300,000. The table top is of circular form, made in the 19th century, and is centered by a panel depicting St. Peter’s Basilica. The Four Seasons, each ivory piece 23 ½ inches tall, are seen as standing females, each one mounted on a rouge marble plinth.
The 31-inch-tall Galle table lamp is both important and rare, and it carries a pre-auction estimate that reflects that ($300,000-$500,000). The shade and base are both signed in cameo “Galle.” The Rene Lalique grey glass “La Jour et La Nuit” clock is also signed (“R. Lalique, France”) and it should easily bring $40,000-$60,000. It is a circular clock with nude figures.
Fine art by French artists will feature a monumental bronze sculpture by Marius Jean-Antonin Mercie (1845-1916), titled Gloria Victis, 73 inches tall (the same size Gloria Victis as one in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.); an oil on panel by Louis Marie de Schryver (1862-1942), titled The Flower Girl, signed and dated ‘96; and an oil on Masonite work by Louis Icart (1888-1950), titled Une Soiree des Femmes, signed.
Other notable artworks will include an oil on canvas by Daniel Ridgway Knight (Am., 1839-1924), titled Woman Gathering Berries, 30