A set of moonstone, platinum and gold jewlery, attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co., circa 1915, and a pair of white gold and moonstone earrings

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Lot 6
A set of moonstone, platinum and gold jewlery, attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co., circa 1915, and a pair of white gold and moonstone earrings

US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 24,000 - 39,000

Fine Jewellery

13 Oct 2015, 13:00 EDT

New York

A set of moonstone, platinum and gold jewlery, attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany, Tiffany & Co., circa 1915, and a pair of white gold and moonstone earrings
comprising a necklace, designed as a series of graduated filigree links, enhanced by oval moonstone cabochons, a bracelet, en suite, and a pair of earrings of similar design;
necklace and bracelet signed Tiffany & Co.; earrings unsigned, later added; necklace length: 16 3/8in.; bracelet length: 7 1/2in.; earring length: 1in.

Footnotes

  • Moses Charles "M.C." Migel is best known for his philanthropic advocacy for the blind and visually impaired. As a young man he supported his large family by selling silk fabric and notions. After moving to New York, he started his own silk manufacturing company, becoming successful and by 1912, he was able to devote his acumen to philanthropic interests.

    Serving in World War I, through his work with the Red Cross, Major Migel came in contact with veterans who had lost their sight, which prompted him to become their advocate. In 1921, he helped establish the American Foundation for the Blind and became their first president. During the following four decades he worked tirelessly in the international forum for visually disabled peoples. M.C. Migel was the recipient of numerous awards including the highest acknowledgment - the Legion of Honor. He is also well known for his unending financial support and impressive library collection.

    This necklace and bracelet were probably purchased at Tiffany's Fifth Avenue and 37th Street store in New York following the financial security of M.C. Migel. The set was created most likely under the direction of head designer Meta Overbeck for Louis Comfort Tiffany. The pale color palette, fine wire filigree and cabochon moonstones were favored in her creations. It is unusual to find a set that has remained intact, making this lot collectible.
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