NEW YORK—Bonhams is pleased to be offering a sale of Fine Jewellery on June 13 at its New York headquarters. This 188-lot auction features a Renaissance Revival pendant with diamonds, garnet and enamel. This rare pendant represents an exquisite example of English Renaissance Revival eclecticism, which was embraced during the third quarter of the 19th century (pre-sale est. $15,000-20,000). The piece, which is in very good condition, comes with a fitted box signed Harvey & Gore, well-known antique and diamond dealers.
Another highlighted lot of the auction is a belle époque natural pearl and diamond necklace signed by Theodore B. Starr, which is being sold on behalf of the Hermitage Foundations. This stunning 81 graduated round pearl necklace is accompanied by a copy of the original 1912 receipt (pre-sale est. $80,000-100,000). Also on offer among the pearl lots is a natural pearl and diamond necklace comprised of three rows totaling more than 230 pearls, completed by an old European and rose-cut diamond cluster clasp (pre-sale est. $50,000-70,000) and a beautiful rare conch pearl, seed pearl and diamond necklace (pre-sale est. $300,000-350,000).
Diamond lovers will find luxurious offerings of an M. Gérard in a diamond and eighteen karat gold jewellery suite. Designed with a series of openwork circular panels, each bordered in round brilliant-cut diamonds, this trio consists of a necklace, brooch, bracelet and a pair of earclips (pre-sale est. $130,000-150,000). This very rare set is one of the limited creations from the French Jewellery house of M. Gérard, which existed for only 20 years. Other diamond highlights include an Art Deco diamond and emerald brooch (pre-sales est. $15,000-20,000) and a magnificent Art Deco diamond pendant (pre-sale est. $80,000-100,000).
The sale will also include selections of signed jewellery by VCA, Tiffany and Bulgari. A particular highlight is a special Tiffany Archaeological Revival hardstone cameo brooch with a box signed by Tiffany Union Square circa 1870, marking it as a distinct and rare example from the company's earliest headquarters (pre-sale est. $5,000-7,000).
There is also a large, strong selection of jade in the sale. Leading this group is a jadeite jade and diamond ring with baguette and bullet-shaped diamond shoulders (pre-sale est. $100,000-120,000). Also on offer is a jadeite jade necklace comprising 89 graduated round beads (pre-sale est. $40,000-60,000); a jadeite jade and eighteen karat gold ring (pre-sale est. $15,000-25,000); a pair of carved jadeite jade earrings carved in a dragon or phoenix motif (pre-sale est. $6,000-8,000); and a jadeite jade and diamond ring (pre-sale est. $12,000-18,000).
Appreciators of the finer things are welcome to attend the June 13 Fine Jewellery auction at 12 pm EST, which will immediately be followed by Salon Jewellery. Also on June 12 is the Fine Watches and Wristwatches auction at 1 pm EST. All auctions will be held at Bonhams in New York, located at 580 Madison Avenue. Previews begin June 9 and run to the day of the auction.
Julie Saunders Guinta
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com