LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago/Wright will present Summer Jewels, a seasonally curated auction of luxury jewelry, on Wednesday, June 29 at Rago. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading this summer selection is a pair of intricate almond flower earrings from JAR, estimated at $4,500-$6,000; an edgy Rene Boivin pearl cuff bracelet, estimated at $7,000-$9,000; and, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a 1952 gold coronation charm bracelet, which is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
Also included are works of studio artist jewelry from private European and American collections, including designs from Goudji, Hermann Junger, Esther Knobel, Robert Smit and Art Smith.
Underscoring Rago/Wright’s expertise in artist jewelry, Summer Jewels brings a robust offering of studio pieces to the market, freshly acquired from significant private collections. Merging mysticism and adornment, the French artist and sculptor Goudji is renowned for his timeless, powerful pieces – four of which will hit the block in this event.
The silver gilt torque necklace, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, boasts three interchangeable pendants for an exquisitely crafted, uniquely customizable work of wearable art.
In a similar vein of modularity, German designer Hermann Junger’s jewelry box with necklaces is a compact set that allows the wearer to create their own necklace by combining a myriad of different geometric pendants. Its estimate is $10,000-$12,000.
Another legendary jewelry designer represented in Summer Jewels is Art Smith. His Modern brass and copper cuff bracelet exemplifies his approach to fusing sculpture, body and fashion through jewelry of deceptively simple design. The Modern cuff is a particularly celebrated work, with examples held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Brooklyn Museum. The example in the June 29 sale is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
A host of works pay tribute to summer sun with a spirit of adventure and play. The mermaid-worthy Seaman Schepps Turbo Shell earrings, estimated at $2,000-$3,000, deliver strong beach vibes, as does a Tiffany & Co. fish pendant, which is estimated at $3,500-$4,500, and also several vibrantly rendered, multi-gem brooches that draw inspiration from ocean life.
Of the event, Director of Jewelry and Watches Dianne Batista said, “Rago/Wright is thrilled to represent iconic pieces and rare works from important designers for every level of collecting in our Summer Jewels auction.”
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