Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry abounds in Oct. 19 sale
NEW YORK – A pair of SeidenGang 18K gold, amethyst and pearl ear clips; a 14K gold and diamond brooch festooned with 112 seed pearls; and an 18K gold and enamel brooch with an antique scarab will compete for top lot status at Jasper52’s Antique Art Deco and Art Nouveau Jewelry auction, which will be presented on Wednesday, October 19 starting at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Other lots in the sale include a circa-1920 Tiffany & Co. 18K gold letter opener, decorated with plique-a-jour enamel; a Victorian 14K gold pin centered on a huge, oval-shape piece of moss agate; a 14K gold, diamond and sapphire wedding set; a vintage 14K white gold ring featuring a carved 8.82-carat moonstone surrounded by diamonds, sapphires and rubies; a Victorian-era frog brooch decorated with 50 diamonds and two rubies for eyes; and a charming 18K gold and platinum fan-form brooch studded with 13 diamonds, which might be an early example of a bat mitzvah gift.
The October 19 auction lineup also includes more than a dozen cameo pendants and brooches from a range of different time periods; a 14K gold, diamond and amethyst Art Deco stick pin; a ladies’ pendant watch, its case decorated with yellow, rose and white gold; a 1.50-carat brilliant green tourmaline flanked by diamonds in a 14K white gold ring; and – perfect for someone with an October birthday – a 14K gold ring featuring a five-carat opal.
First among the highlights is a pair of SeidenGang 18K gold, amethyst and pearl ear clips, estimated at $2,000-$2,500. The SeidenGang jewelry firm was founded in the 1980s by Carol Seiden and Carolyn Gang, and these ear clips are typical of their work. Each features two square cut amethysts, one pearl, and identical Classical-style profile portraits of a woman rendered in high relief.
Another standout is an 18K gold, enamel and glass brooch designed around an antique scarab that could be ancient Egyptian. It has an estimate of $3,000-$3,500.
The third and final highlight is a 14K gold brooch featuring 112 seed pearls and a .40-carat diamond at its center. According to the lot notes, “The entire design of this brooch is absolutely beautiful. A loop could be added by a jeweler to make this wearable as a pendant as well. It looks beautiful against a black or dark colored dress, blouse or jacket.” It is estimated at $900-$1,100.
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