John Moran’s May 21st Fine Jewelry Auction Features Something For Everyone; Entices Heavy Participat • Quirky pieces bring strong prices
• Art Deco design offers intriguing highlights
• Modern signed jewelry by Claire Falkenstein, Jean Stark and Noma Copley bring out collectors
News-Antique.com - May 25,2016 - MONROVIA, CA – John Moran Auctioneers’ May 21st Fine Jewelry Auction appealed to jewelry collectors across all categories, from those whose tastes run from the Victorian to the Contemporary ends of the spectrum. Approximately a quarter of sales were achieved online, via the Liveauctioneers and Invaluable platforms. The top lots for the evening were modern designs, while quirky selections and high-quality Art Deco examples also performed quite well at the block.
Signed Modern and Contemporary jewelry was very popular among those bidding in person and online, with a number of pieces achieving prices well above their pre-auction estimates. One of the first items to be brought to the block was an interesting abstract open-collar gold-plated brass necklace by maker Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997) (Falkenstein is well-known for her sculptural work “The New Gates of Paradise” commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim in 1960). The collar necklace brought $3473 at the block (including Moran’s Buyer’s Premium), going to an online bidder (estimate $600 to $800). Directly following the necklace, a gold and gem abstract ring by Falkenstein was brought to the block with a $600 to $800 estimate; the ring brought $3300 thanks to a determined floor bidder. A silver and amethyst necklace and pair of earrings by William Spratling was also brought to the block with a conservative $500 to $700 estimate, ultimately bringing $2318. Later in the sale, an emerald and diamond ring signed for Jean Stark was offered with a $5000 to $7000 estimate; the stately ring realized $8400, going to a floor buyer. One of the most highly anticipated lots of the evening hailed from the Estate of Carroll and Nancy O’Connor; estimated to bring $5000 to 7000, the coral, wood and gold pencil-form bangle was the object of desire for a number of those who previewed, inspiring a few left bids prior to the auction. In the end, the bracelet earned an astounding $17,080 at the block, going to a telephone bidder.
Ladies timepieces performed exceptionally well overall; a Vacheron Constantin 18K yellow gold woven circular-link wristwatch wooed bidders with its elegant, wearable design, and brought $3600 (estimate: $2000 to $3000). A handsome gold and coral pendant watch by Piaget inspired numerous absentee bidders to vie for ownership against online bidders; one of the absentee bidders proved successful, purchasing the Piaget for $16,800 (estimate: $3000 to $5000). Directly following, an Art Deco gold bangle with later-added diamond, sapphire and platinum covered dial was offered for $1500 to $2500; thanks to multiple absentee bidders, the bracelet earned just over the high estimate at $2700. Late in the sale, an 18K yellow gold open face pendant watch with diamond and turquoise-set case by London maker GP Wehlen & Co. elicited excited gasps from attendee bidders who saw it on the auction monitors; the pendant watch earned $4200 (estimate: $2000 to $3000).
The few gentlemen’s watches that were offered at Moran’s May jewelry sale were snapped up quickly by buyers. The last lot in the sale, a Rolex Datejust II two-tone wristwatch