BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Fine jewelry items from the estate of Claus Vollrath, a German-born designer of custom jewelry who cut his teeth at Cartier after immigrating to America and later operated several boutique retail jewelry stores in New York, will be sold in an online-only auction on Wednesday, Aug. 29, by Nye & Company Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
About 125 lots will come up for bid starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The estimates have been set very low to encourage spirited bidding, according to John Nye, president of Nye & Company Auctioneers.
Items will include an 18K yellow gold pearl diamond starfish (above), an 18K yellow and white gold U-link necklace, a platinum and pavé diamond dome ring, a pair of 18K yellow gold diamond earrings, a pair of mother-of-pearl flower form earrings, and an 18K white gold U-link necklace.
Also offered will be a gray and black Tahitian pearl necklace, a white baroque freshwater pearl necklace, a 20-strand coral beaded necklace and a sapphire beaded 14-strand necklace.
“Having established a previous relationship with the Vollrath family, it was nice that they chose to entrust us to sell this important jewelry collection,” said Nye. “This collection is intentionally being offered with conservative estimates in August to give people plenty of time to prepare to shop for the upcoming holidays.”
The name Claus Vollrath has always stood for unique handcrafted jewelry. For years he delighted his faithful and longstanding clients with premium white and fancy colored diamonds, radiant precious colored stones, freshwater and South Sea pearls, imported 18K gold and platinum chains from Germany and Italy and many other treasured items.
Vollrath was trained in his native Germany and his fine craftsmanship earned him a place at Cartier in America. Ten years later, he began creating his own original designs and opened a wholesale workshop in midtown Manhattan. Later on, he opened jewelry boutiques on Madison and Lexington avenues, and lastly in Mount Kisco, in tony Westchester County, New York.
Following his death, his widow Irma continued his legacy of providing clients with only the finest jewelry and personalized customer service. She contacted Henry Larrieu, an apprentice jeweler trained by Pierre Cartier. Together with his son and grandson, they continued the long tradition of custom making Claus and Irma Vollrath’s jewelry designs.
With the passing of Irma Vollrath in 2017, the remaining inventory of Claus Vollrath Inc. will now be sold to customers and friends. This is a rare opportunity to buy and own pieces from one of the finest goldsmiths and designers.