Featuring nearly 350 Lots, John Moranís December Fine Jewelry Auction Brings Some Sparkle to the Sea ē The large catalogue featured antique, Art Deco, modern and designer pieces at competitive pre-auction estimates
ē The eveningís most popular lots were Art Deco and antique Edwardian and Art Nouveau
News-Antique.com - Dec 23,2016 - MONROVIA, CA - John Moranís biannual Fine Jewelry Auction always offers a wide array of jewelry lots dating from the 19th century (or earlier) to the contemporary, in a range of styles and materials. The December 6th auction event was no different, though the catalog was larger than it has been in recent iterations, comprising approximately 350 auction lots. The sale started at noon with a standing-room-only audience who came out to view lots by makers such as Buccellati, Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier in person before bidding. Online registration was strong, but in-person and telephone bidding seemed much-preferred among buyers, with less than an eighth of total sales due to online bidder participation.
Moranís December 6th Fine Jewelry auction opened with a collection of handsome antique jewelry pieces that did quite well with collectors, bringing higher-than-expected prices realized and setting an energetic tone for the remainder of the evening. The opening lot, in fact, was a very hot-ticket item, inspiring five buyers to sign up to vie for the piece via telephone and three additional bidders to attempt to purchase it with absentee bids. An Edwardian heart-shaped pendant-brooch in 18K yellow gold and entirely set with mine-cut diamonds, the lot ultimately earned $4612 at the block (prices realized include Moranís buyerís premiums) (estimate: $1200/1800). Directly following, an intricately enameled and gem-set dragonfly brooch with en-tremblant wings was offered for $3000 to 5000, bringing the low estimate. Later in the sale, another Edwardian example, this one in the form of a pearl and diamond perfumer brooch, caught the eye of a handful of collectors, including one who paid $3382 to take the piece home (estimate: $3000 to $5000). An elegant Art Nouveau gold, diamond and opal bangle bracelet by Walton & Co. brought a very respectable $1045, just over the $600 to $800 pre-sale estimate.
Fine examples of Art Deco jewelry design proved to be ever-popular with Moranís buyers. An openwork Art Deco diamond and platinum pendant-brooch offered early in the session went home with a floor bidder who beat out multiple absentee bids, getting the piece for $5842 (estimate: $5000 to $7000). An unusual marquise-shaped diamond and platinum ring set throughout with round diamonds was offered with a $2000 to $3000 estimate; the ring went to the absentee bidder at just a touch over the high end of the estimate (price realized: $3025). Taking design cues from traditional geometric Art Deco design, a mid-century sapphire, ruby and diamond-set platinum bracelet was brought to the block with a $2000 to $3000 estimate, going to an absentee bidder for $3075.
Buyers at Moranís December 6th Jewelry auction were heavily swayed by pieces with unique or unusual design elements; whether signed or unsigned, interesting motifs and forms performed well at the block. An intriguing late 19th century French pocket watch with an automaton figural dial outstripped its original $3000 to $5000 estimate, earning $7380. A charming mid-century wide-link gold bracelet set with a center row of subtly automobile-form links was sold