ALTADENA, Calif.—John Moran Auctioneers will conclude their 2013 auction schedule in brilliant fashion, presenting a fully cataloged sale of fine jewelry and luxury accessories on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The 480 lots include antique, vintage and retro jewels of all descriptions from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and modern eras, along with high-end watches and luxury accessories by Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Judith Leiber, Ferragamo and others. Mexican silver and signed costume jewelry will also appeal to collectors looking for quality pieces by top makers. Price points range from $300 up to $70,000 and all items hail from private collections and estates.
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The highest lot by value is a Harry Winston platinum tourbillon wristwatch accompanied by the original box and papers and estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Watch enthusiasts will find other big names to bid on, including Girard Perregaux, Rolex, Omega and Cartier, the latter represented by multiple examples, such as a circa 1925 moss agate pocket watch with a gold and cobalt enamel bezel (estimate: $8,000-$12,000). An 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse wristwatch, expected to bring $6,000-$8,000, is one of three watches by that maker in this sale.
Art Deco jewels, always the height of style, are offered in abundance, highlighted by a diamond and platinum brooch, circa 1925, centering a modified rectangular step-cut diamond measuring 1.98 carats (estimate: $18,000-$22,000). Dating from the same decade are a platinum ring mounted with a 3.8 ct old mine cut diamond, and a French-cut diamond bracelet set with 50 French-cut diamonds totaling approximately 15.00 carats, and graded F-G color and VS clarity. The former is estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and the latter is expected to realize $7,000-$9,000. A design by one of the preeminent masters of Art Deco, Erté, is offered with a conservative estimate of $1,000-$1,500. The exquisite ”Fireflies” necklace is composed of a flat gold chain suspending an octagonal black onyx pendant with a profile of a female head in mother-of-pearl wearing a headdress of silver, gold, diamonds and rubies. A perfectly stunning but easily wearable platinum bracelet, also made circa 1925, is composed of 128 square-cut sapphires and 66 full-cut old European-cut diamonds (estimate: $5,000-$7,000).
A gemstone that is sure to set hearts racing is a 6.80-carat oval-shaped Burmese sapphire set in a platinum ring within a two-tiered surround of 62 circular-cut diamonds. Although Burma, now called Myanmar, is better known for its rubies, it also produces superb sapphires, most notably in the Mogok area, unrivalled by all but the sapphires from Kashmir. Many Burmese sapphires are prized for a deeply saturated midnight blue color found nowhere else in the world. The ring in Moran’s December sale is accompanied by an AGL report stating that the sapphire shows no indications of heat or clarity enhancement and is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
One among several diamond and platinum rings in the sale is a delicate example from the Edwardian era, set throughout with full-cut diamonds centering a round brilliant graded G color and measuring 2.12 carats. It is accompanied by a GIA report and estimated to realize $15,000-$20,000. A ring of more recent vintage centers a 3.06-carat round brilliant-cut diamond flanked by 26 full-cut round diamonds and two baguette-cut diamonds totaling 1.20 carats. Estimated at $30,000-$40,000, it too is accompanied by a GIA report.
Signed pieces include a large and splashy 18K gold bangle by the Viennese designer Lola Demner. It centers a large aquamarine cabochon with two rows of pyramid sugarloaf-cut cabochon amethysts and smaller sugarloaf-cut rubies, accented with emerald cabochons and fancy-cut diamond slices throughout (estimate: $6,000-$8,000). Another Demner bangle, made of mammoth ivory accented by gold studs, is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Other jewelry highlights include:
- An Italian floral micro-mosaic bracelet with matching brooch (estimate: $600-$800);
- An irresistible Victorian gem-set brooch of silver-topped gold with two monkeys: one of rose-cut diamond seated on a bar with seed pearl terminals, and one of emerald and silver, both with ruby eyes (estimate: $1,500-$2,000);
- Twenty-seven lots of signed silver pieces by top Mexican makers, including William Spratling, Margot de Taxco, Matl, M. Martinez, Sigi Pineda and Hector Aguilar (estimates range from $400-$2,000).
Moran’s will also present several lots of signed costume jewelry, including pieces by Ciner, Weiss, Trifari and Yves Saint Laurent. A collection of costume jewelry by Chanel is expected to sell for $500-$800.
In the category of luxury accessories, coveted items from Louis Vuitton include two monogram canvas items: an Abbesses bag and a garment bag (estimates: $500-800 each). Additional highlights include two Hermes silk scarves in the Ferronerie pattern ($150-$300 each) and a Judith Leiber dog minaudière with pillbox ($500-$700).
The two-session auction will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, beginning at noon Pacific.
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