Exquisite diamonds, gold & sterling silver lead Sterling Associates’ May 8 auction Exquisite estate diamonds, gold and sterling silver, plus a 40-pc. collection of 16th-19th century armor, headline Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction.
News-Antique.com - Apr 23,2014 - CLOSTER, N.J. – Sparkling diamonds, gold jewelry and a stunning array of American and Continental silver set the tone for quality in Sterling Associates’ May 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. The 600-lot offering features the cream of estate antiques from the New York tri-state region and includes an unusual highlight – a remarkable 40-piece collection of period armor.
“The fine jewelry selection has tremendous eye appeal,” said Sterling Associates owner, Stephen D’Atri. “There are several one- to two-carat loose diamonds and solitaire rings, many accompanied by GIA certificates; as well as a fantastic cocktail ring with a giant fire opal surrounded by three carats of diamonds in a starburst pattern.”
A wealth of gold jewelry and a single-owner collection of silver Native-American jewelry – some of it marked – will cross the auction block. Ten premier timepieces will be up for bid, as well, including two handsome Rolex men’s watches: a two-tone gold and stainless silver model with Rolex box and papers, est. $6,000-$8,000; and a 1980s gold and stainless steel day/date watch, also boxed with papers.
With winter now a memory, many are thinking about sumptuous buffets and dinners for eight. As any gracious host will attest, a stylish dining table must be dressed with elegant silver – a category that has become a staple in Sterling’s sales. Their May 8 auction includes a rich and varied selection of fine silver flatware, candelabra, trays and other serving pieces from American, English and Continental makers. Additionally, there will be a large grouping of silverplate from which to choose.
Sterling Associates will break new ground in offering a lifetime collection of period armor from a private estate in Manhattan. “You never know what you’ll find in an estate. A collection of armor is not what I would have expected to see in a New York City residence, but it’s endlessly fascinating material, and our team had a lot of fun examining and researching each piece,” said D’Atri.
“The contents of the armor collection span three centuries and are extremely diverse – the collector liked many different types of things and focused on building a comprehensive collection,” D’Atri continued. “Some of it is very early. There’s a full samurai suit and an Indo-Persian kulah-khud (helmet) that both date to the 17th century, and another of the dozen or so helmets to be sold is a 16th-century production.”
Other highlights include a German jousting half-suit, a pikeman suit of armor, and numerous edged weapons, including rapiers and Japanese katanas. A sub-collection of halberds – 6 to 7ft-long pole weapons whose shafts are topped with spear points, spikes or axes – contains examples estimated as modestly as $800-$1,200.
The breadth of items cataloged in the May 8 sale runs the gamut of collecting interests, from a vintage go-kart that resembles a scaled-down 1930s/40s racer, complete with roll bar and colorful stickers; to vintage wine, including bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild Grand Cru 1982 and Chateau Latour Grand Cru 1949. Both are from the