Art Deco Chinese-style platinum and carved jade pin with circular diamond border and cabochon rubies, circa 1920-’30s, marked ‘T.B. Starr.’ Price realized: $11,400. Kaminski Auctions image

Estate jewelry, Simonetti painting big draws at Kaminski auction

BEVERLY, Mass. – On Jan. 18 Kaminski Auctions presented the estate of Mary L. Alchian of Palm Springs, California. Alchian was a prominent Palm Springs businesswoman and jeweler with a discerning eye for fine jewelry and California art. provide Internet bidding services.

With over 10,000 signed up to bid on the Internet, 300 phone bids and 80-100 present in the audience there was spirited competition on every lot.

A vivid watercolor by Ettore Simonetti (Italian, 1857-1909) titled Market Scene and, signed lower right, was the top lot of the sale achieving a price of $21,600 against an estimate of $3,000-$4,000.

Alchian’s jewelry collection included rare Cartier pieces. A pair of 18K yellow gold earrings, signed Cartier, with 18 natural emeralds and 16 diamonds was hammered down at $20,400, while an unusual Art Deco Cartier 14 carat yellow gold compact with diamonds and sapphires, marked A1170, sold for $5,400.

Her vast collection of jewelry included many unusual Art Deco pieces. A featured lot in the sale was an eye-catching platinum, diamond and sapphire bow bracelet that sold for $14,400.

Numerous phone bidders and collectors online vied for a rare T.B. Starr Art Deco Chinese carved jade pin from the 1920s or ’30s. Set in platinum with a circular diamond border and cabochon rubies, it was valued at $2,500-$4,500 and was finally hammered down at $11,400. A pair of lovely Art Deco diamond and platinum drop earrings with 20 diamonds sold for $6,600.

More eclectic items in the collection included a circa 1920s 18K white gold, pearl and diamond purse in the style of Boucheron with 52 diamonds. It achieved a price of $11,400, while a 19th century harp by the Charles Lindeman Co. of Chicago, numbered 800, sold for $4,800.

Various lots from other estates achieved solid prices as well, including an English sterling silver lidded wine cooler with grape motif, hallmarked for London 1826-27, by makers Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard that sold for $14,400.

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