Last week Christie’s auction house presented a remarkable collection from their Important Jewels sale where prices soared.
Many pieces far exceeded original expectations and the sale totaled a gracious $19,969,375(USD). The carefully selected ensemble was curated for the New York market which reflected the love of both the modern and whimsical tastes of the American clientele, though international interest and bidding were strong in places such as Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Monaco.
In our private tour of the collection days before the auction began we spoke to Mr. Claibourne Poindexter, a Specialist in the Jewelry Department, who predicted a couple shooting stars of the auction for us. Among them he singled out the brooches from Donald Claflin of Tiffany & Co., with their fanciful Pre-Columbian inspired designs which did indeed excel. Original estimates for the brooches were $10,000 – $15,000 and $15,000 – $20,000. These certainly broke the glass ceiling as the each sold for $233,000 and $137,000 (USD), respectively.
Another bright highlight was the art deco emerald, diamond and onyx pendant by Janesich. The original estimate came in at $15,000 – $20,000. This lovely emerald brought in a total of $245,000.The voluptuous 75.56 carat Fancy Vivid yellow cushion modified brilliant-cut diamond ring was of course the show stopper and topped the auction off at $3,609,000.
It was an incredibly successful sale showing the range and expertise that the specialist at Christie’s have in orchestrating these fantastic selections. Given this accomplished sale we will certainly be looking forward to the Magnificent Jewels auction of Geneva on November 10th. During our preview we had the fortune of getting up close with these high jewelry pieces with prestigious provenances, such as a fabulous emerald and diamond fringe necklace, circa 1810, which has belonged successively to the Orléans family in France, the Aosta family in Italy and was finally part of the Cholmondeley collection in England. There is already interest buzzing about the collection which shows obvious resemblance to the jewellery made during the First Empire, by Nitot or Bapst, for Empress Josephine. As well as the large matching emerald and diamond earrings that are certified to be completely treatment free which is almost unheard of for emeralds of this size, clarity and color. November in Geneva will prove to be another exciting month in the auction house’s history.
Photo Credits: Christie’s
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