A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh
Lot 230
A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh
Sold for US$ 188,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Fine Jewellery New York
19 Oct 2011 13:00 EDT

Auction 19405
A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh
Lot Details
A jadeite jade and diamond necklace, Marsh
comprising thirty-eight round jade beads, measuring approximately 6.5 to 5.5mm., further detailed with a round brilliant-cut diamond and pear-shaped jade section accentuated by marquise-shaped jade and pavé-set diamond spheres, completed by a marquise-shaped jade and diamond floral cluster clasp suspending two asymmetrical diamond lines with pear-shaped jade terminals; signed Marsh; estimated total diamond weight: 1.10 carats; mounted in platinum; length: 15 1/2in.

Footnotes

  • Accompanied by Mason-Kay report #110414-3, dated April 18, 2011, stating that the random beads tested were found to be: natural jadeite jade, no dye or polymer - "A" jade.

    G.T. Marsh and Company: Japanese Art Repository opened their doors at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California in 1876. The store originally featured fine Japanese antiques and works of art and was the oldest Oriental Art store in the United States. The business flourished and expanded to included Chinese works too, opening branches in Coronado, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Monterey, California.

    George T. Marsh designed and built the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park for the 1894 Mid-Winter Exposition in San Francisco. In 1985, the San Francisco store closed; and the business continued in the landmark Marsh building constructed in Monterey as G.T. Marsh Oriental Shop.

    Marsh's love of the Orient attracted him to fine jade and pearls, which inspired his jewelry. Aside from these favored gems, jewelry was embellished with diamonds, coral, lapis and turquoise. Additionally, some of the designs used a highly unusual black patinated steel decoration to provide dimension and texture to his jewelry. These unique characteristics provide a recognizable signature to his work.

    In 2001, after 125 years in business, the third generation family run business, G.T. Marsh & Company, closed their doors.

    Bonhams is pleased to offer these exceptional jadeite jade and diamond pieces from the private collection of Lois Chillingworth Harder. Lois Harder, born in Brockton, Massachusetts, lived in Miami, Florida from 1958 until her death in 2010. She was a member of Indian Creek Country Club, the Surf Club and the Marian Center Auxiliary. Mrs. Harder was married to F. William Harder, an investment banker with Allen & Company. He was a Florida thoroughbred breeder, the former trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Jamaica, owned Elcee H Stables and various other racing organizations and commissions across the country. Together they owned Island Whirl and Alibhai, two famous race horses.
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