March 20, 2003
Sotheby's April Sale Reflects Trends
Art Deco and other period jewelry and colored diamonds lead the offerings at Sotheby's Spring Sale of Magnificent Jewels, scheduled for April 10 at the auction house in New York City.
A Cartier-Paris Art Deco diamond, onyx and seed pearl tassel bracelet, c.1925, is estimated to sell for $50,000 to $70,000. The tapering articulated bracelet is set throughout with old European-cut diamonds.
Several Indian-inspired pieces in the Moghul style (often referred to as "tutti-frutti") will be on offer. A carved emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond bracelet from Cartier, c.1935, is estimated to fetch $150,000 to $250,000. A pair of carved ruby, emerald bead and diamond clips from Cartier, c.1925, are estimated to sell for $15,000 to $20,000. A platinum carved colored stone and diamond clip/bangle combination made by Cartier, c.1925, is estimated to fetch $25,000 to $35,000. The detachable shield-shaped clip is designed as a floral cluster.
Some unusual fancy color diamonds will be on offer. A 4.17-ct. marquise fancy intense blue diamond is estimated to sell for $560,000 to $580,000. A 2.68-ct. fancy intense purple-pink Old European-cut diamond ring is estimated to sell for $180,000 to $220,000. Purplish-pink fancy color diamond earclips, with the gems weighing 2.2-ct. and 1.67 ct., is estimated to sell for $60,000 to $80,000. A fancy intense orangy-pink diamond ring weighing 2.53-ct. is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000.
Other offerings at the sale include:
An Art Deco rock crystal, coral and enamel mystery clock by Cartier, c. 1924, estimated to sell for $200,000 to $250,000. Its "mystery" is the way the hands float seemingly unconnected to any movement in the clock.
A diamond starburst pendant brooch, c.1890, which is expected to fetch $3,000 to $4,000 comes from the estate of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played Samantha on the 1960s television show "Bewitched." The brooch was given to her by Agnes Moorehead, who played her mother. The brooch is set with old-mine diamonds weighing approximately 8.50 carats.
An 18k gold, rock crystal, sapphire and diamond mermaid brooch, made by famed jeweler Verdura, c.1945, is estimated to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.
An exhibition of the various pieces in the sale will take place at Sotheby's galleries in New York from April 5-9. The auctions will be held at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 10.