Crowds Expected for Estate Silver, Decorative Arts and Day of Jewelry at Rago's Dec. 6-8 Auction Crowds Expected for One-of-a-Kind Estate Silver, Bronzes, Decorative Arts, Militaria and a Brilliant Day of Jewelry, Watches and Gems at Rago's December 6-8 Auction.
Lambertville, NJ: On December
(1141-54). Myochin artisans, of whom Muneyoshi is one, have long received the patronage of the titled and wealthy. Myochin school articulated snakes similar to the one shown here sold most recently at Christie's New York in 2007 and 2011.
Lot 1258 is a pair of 36" Rose Medallion Palace vases, from the Republic Period, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. The "Rose" patterns were first made in China made between 1840 and 1880 exclusively for export. Alternating panels around a central gold circle ("medallion") are figured with birds, flora, butterflies and other elements. (Also in the sale - Satsuma palace vases from Japan.)
Lot 1091 is a bronze sculpture of Two Cossacks on horseback by Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray (Russian, 1848-1886), estimated at $4,000-$6,000. The leading Russian sculptor of the 1870's and 1880's, Evgeny Lanceray's favored subject was the horse and its work with man. Much of his work was cast by the St. Petersburg foundry of Felix Chopin (Shopen). The Susse Freres Foundry in Paris offered a complete collection of his 123 works at the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris, and featured them in their catalogues from 1902 to 1912.
Jewelry, Watches, Object De Vertu and Gemstones Highlights, Sunday, December 8, Noon
Over 450 unique, beautiful and rare lots of jewelry, watches, object de vertu and gemstones.
Lot 2019 flies the Suffragist movement colors of purple, white and green in a Tiffany & Co. Renaissance Revival quatrefoil brooch with amethyst, diamonds and green enamel tendrils. Designed by Paulding Farnham, ca. 1900, it is estimated at $6,000-8,000.
Lot 2078, a suite of ancient hardstone intaglio jewelry, dating to 1850, consists of a necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings set with intaglios, mostly antique Roman or Ptolemaic, some possibly second century B.C. It is estimated at $4,000-6,000.
Lot 2431 is a stunning Tiffany & Co. necklace with a flexible, graduated platinum diamond fringe that suspends seven well-matched pear-shaped faceted emeralds, all set in 18k yellow gold. This piece contains approximately 13.04 cts. total weight of emeralds, and 303 pear-shaped, marquise and round brilliant cut diamonds, approximately 50.86 cts. total weight. 125,000-150,000.
A significant studio jewelry lot is 2176, a gold opal sculptural suite by Ross Coppelman (Cape Cod, MA, ca. 1980), consisting of a brooch/pendant, ring and pair of pendant earrings in fused and textured 22k and 14k yg., with boulder opal specimens, diamonds, pearls and tourmaline accents, estimated at $3,500-4,500.
Gentlemen's accessories in the sale include cufflinks, tie tacks and timepieces by Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe and other makers. A notable pocket watch is lot 2064, a L'Epine enamel decorated 18k gold pocket watch, ca. 1800, estimated at $2,000-3,000.
Those on the hunt for one-of-a-kind evening bags might have interest in lot 2374, three such in "jewel" metallic brocade, including a Cartier cream and silver clutch with the flap fitted to support a fur clip, all three estimated at $1,500-2,000.
Lot 2417 is a significant pair of platinum fruiting vine dress clips, with approximately 19.8 cts. of diamonds, estimated at $20,000-30,000. The clips were purchased