Bonhams Paris to Offer Jewellery, Watches and Handbags from the Collection of a Prestigious Italian Family

Paris - A collection of jewellery, watches and leather goods belonging to a prestigious Italian family will be auctioned at Bonhams on Thursday 25 November in Paris at 2pm. The collection of 164 lots, collected over a period of more than thirty years, bears witness to this family's taste for beautiful objects. The exuberant style that emanates from the collection is apparent in each lot, and reveals the elegant yet joyful personality of the owner.

The auction will begin with a selection of sporty and classic vintage and modern watches for both men and women. A rich array of pieces represent the world's most prestigious houses, including a Tank Américaine by Cartier, Rolex GMT-Master, Omega Speedmaster, Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and a Tubogas by Bulgari.

Fans of technical prowess will no doubt be drawn to the Pasha Skeleton Tourbillon de Cartier model, and those with a nostalgic inclination will certainly be won over by three pocket watches from the collection which include a c. 1830 continental gold and seed pearl set key wind open face pocket watch, probably by Bautte & Moynier (estimate: 6 000€ - 8 000€).

The centrepiece of the leather goods selection is undoubtedly the 2003 Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Rabat bag, the first ever artistic collaboration undertaken by Louis Vuitton, a particularly sought-after item from the world-renowned fashion house.

The third and most important section of the sale will be devoted to jewellery, highlights including:

• A Tiffany & Co. yellow sapphire and diamond brooch-pendant. Estimate: 2 500€ - 3 500€
• Repossi emerald and diamond necklace. Estimate: 8 000 - 12 000€
• A Colour-Changing Sapphire and Diamond Ring. Estimate: 6 000€ - 8 000€

The sale features 112 pieces of jewellery, including Repossi, Fred, Tiffany & Co., alongside fine Italian jewellers whose pieces were chosen by the family for their craftsmanship, ingenuity and sensitivity. The collection brings together a remarkable array of bold, vibrant statement pieces alongside more understated jewels, each carefully chosen for their aesthetic value and combinations of semi-precious and precious stones, with geometric and colourful patterns.

This sale closes a season of three jewellery sales in the inaugural year of the Paris auction house. Althéa Hanshaw, Bonhams' Paris jewellery specialist, has announced an even richer calendar for 2022, with four jewellery sales. The first will be an online auction starting at the end of January, ending in early February, with lots on display at the Grand Palais to coincide with the prestigious annual sale of collector cars, "Les Grandes marques du Monde", on 3 February. This will be followed by other sales in May, October, and December 2022.

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