Morton Kuehnert to open 2-session sale with jewelry, April 28

1.60-carat natural Kashmir sapphire, transparent faceted oval cut. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

1.60-carat natural Kashmir sapphire, transparent faceted oval cut. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

HOUSTON – Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers will present two auctions Thursday evening, April 28. Beginning at 7 p.m. Central more than 100 lots of fine jewelry will be on the block. Following Lot 114, a Fine Art, Decorative Art and Antique auction will begin.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Beautiful loose gemstones, Riviera diamond necklaces, diamond bracelets, Rolex and other designer watches for men and women, pearl and diamond rings, sapphire and diamond bracelets and earrings, are just the tip of the “iceberg.” Money clips, cigarette cases, pendants and pins round out the jewelry offerings.

Lot 40, the evening’s showstopper, is an18K white gold diamond Riviera necklace, sporting 174 stones weighing in at 56.50 carats. The estimate is $100,000-$125,000. Lot 50, an 18K white gold diamond bracelet with 27 full-cut diamonds at 19.40 carats, is estimated at $37,000-$40,000. Lot 32, a 1.21-carat fancy yellow diamond ring with 18K white gold and yellow gold accents, is estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Lot 83 is an 18K white gold bracelet with 72 blue sapphires, 16.37 carats and 270 full-cut diamonds, 2.36 carats, is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

Lot 27, an 18K yellow gold men’s Rolex President watch with a 3-carat diamond bezel is estimated at $12,000-$15,000. Lot 54, a vintage 18K yellow gold ladies Rolex President with a 1-carat diamond bezel, is estimated at $9,500-$13,000.

Gemstones include Lot 18, a 1.60-carat natural Kashmir sapphire, estimated at $18,000-$22,000. Lot 19 is a 1.17-carat gem Columbian emerald estimated at $16,000-$20,000. Lot 20 is a 1.10-carat gem Tanzanian emerald estimated at $7,000-9,000. Lot 21, is an 8.49-carat oval-faceted Tanzanite, estimated at $4,000-7,000. The final gemstone is Lot 22, a 1.63-carat Padparadscha sapphire, estimated at $7,000-$9,000.

Eight antique and vintage writing instruments are featured in the sale. Lot 1 is an interesting vintage orange Mont Blanc Generation Rollerball, with box and papers, estimated at $100-150.

In the area of coins and silver bars, some 14 lots are featured, highlighted with Lot 106, a Harco book of 75 coins, 1878-1904 U.S. Morgan Silver Dollars, for an estimate of $11,000-$15,000.

Three lots of vintage baseball cards will be auctioned, with a near-complete set of 1960 Topps Baseball Cards, missing seven of 572, for an estimate of $3,500-$4,500.

The antique highlight of our second auction of the evening is Lot 147, an 1863 Steinway grand piano, signed by John Steinway, estimated at $55,000-$70,000. Lot 145 is a Louis XV-style carved mahogany and gold leaf table vitrine, 19th century, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Decorative arts of note include Lot 118, a T&J Creswick, 1811 Sheffield, England, silverplate kettle-on-stand, estimated at $1,200-1,800. Lot 123, a Rene Lalique Courges vase, is estimated at $600-$800.

In the area of Fine Art, Lot 157, a Dutch painting from the 17th century School of Melchior, D’Hondecoeter, is estimated at $40,000-50,000. Lot 164, A Paradise Away, 1990, watercolor by contemporary Indian artist Rekha Rodwhttiya, is estimated at $12,000-$16,000.

A series of illustrations by John Cullen Murphy (1919-2004) based on the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark, include Lots 171-189, ranging in estimates from $250 to $800. Murphy was a magazine and comic strip illustrator best known for his work on the comic strip “Prince Valiant.” For more information on Murphy, click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cullen_Murphy.

Participation in the auction is open to the public and all the lots may be previewed at www.mortonkuehnert.com. Also available are absentee bids, phone bids and online bidding. For details call 713-827-7835.

Previews are held the week of the beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern at Morton Kuehnert auction house, 4901 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77027.

 

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Steinway Model D concert grand piano of East India rosewood, 1863. Estimate: $55,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Steinway Model D concert grand piano of East India rosewood, 1863. Estimate: $55,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Platinum and 14K white gold diamond earrings. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Platinum and 14K white gold diamond earrings. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

18K white gold diamond Riviera necklace, 9.03 carats, 16 inches long. Estimate: $13,000-$16,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

18K white gold diamond Riviera necklace, 9.03 carats, 16 inches long. Estimate: $13,000-$16,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Rene Lalique Courges vase, circa 1914, 7 1/2 inches high, 8 inches wide. Estimate: $600-$800. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Rene Lalique Courges vase, circa 1914, 7 1/2 inches high, 8 inches wide. Estimate: $600-$800. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Pierced bone carved ship under glass dome, China, 19th century, 14 1/2 inches x 20 inches x 12 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Pierced bone carved ship under glass dome, China, 19th century, 14 1/2 inches x 20 inches x 12 inches. Estimate: $4,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Rekha Rodwittiya  (Bangalore, India, b. 1958) ‘A Paradise Away,’ 1990 watercolor on heavy paper, 71 x 48 inches. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.

Rekha Rodwittiya (Bangalore, India, b. 1958) ‘A Paradise Away,’ 1990 watercolor on heavy paper, 71 x 48 inches. Estimate: $12,000-$18,000. Image courtesy of Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers.