SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will sell Part 2 of the Felicia Michalski Collection on Sunday, April 29. Presenting more than 190 lots acquired over six decades, the sale offers fine jewelry for women, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, lockets, pendants, wristwatches, buckles, eyeglass frames and jewelry sets. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Most items are crafted of gold, white or rose gold, platinum or silver, with precious stones and embellishments such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emerald, amethyst, garnets, opal, jade, turquoise, coral, cultured and seed pearls, cameos, rose quartz, moonstone, malachite, tiger’s eye, tourmaline, enamel, onyx and gold coins.
Also featured are a number of jewelry groupings, including necklaces, bracelets, cameos, brooches, charms, gem-set and gold rings for women and men, pins and stickpins, wristwatches, and gentlemen’s accessories. There are also several collections of unmounted rubies, sapphires and other stones.
The life of Felicia Michalski reads like a suspense novel, particularly during the war years. Born in Gostynin, Poland, in 1919, she survived the Holocaust, capture by the Russians who sent her to Siberia as slave labor, gangrene and typhus. In 1942, she married Joseph Michalski, who also had been a Russian prisoner of war, then had two of their three sons. In 1949, the family went to America, ending up in San Francisco, where life gradually became better.
Living in California after the war, Felicia developed a serious collecting passion. According to her son Henry, Mrs. Michalski was known for her exceptional eye, a natural love of beauty, and an unrelenting desire to acquire. Among her many collecting pursuits, jewelry was her favorite. Part 2 of the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry features many of the treasured adornments she collected over 60 years.
Additional highlights of the sale are:
—Lot 1: Jade, coral and 14K gold brooch, unsigned but attributed to Gump’s, 2¾ inches long, in Gump’s box (est. $300-$500).
—Lot 44: Art Deco aquamarine, 14K gold negligee necklace, Russia, circa 1915, 17½ inches long (est. $700-$900).
—Lot 76: Pair of Victorian turquoise and 14K gold bombe earrings, 1 inch long (est. $200-$300).
—Lot 52: Three coral cameo and 14K gold brooch-pendants (est. $500-700).
—Lot 81: Gold coin, diamond, red stone and 14K gold bracelet, 7½ inches long (est. $500-700).
—Lot 61: Five Victorian tracery enamel gold buckles, in 14K and one 10K gold (est. $1,500-1,800).
Turner Auctions + Appraisals will begin its online auction on Sunday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time/1:30 p.m. Eastern.
For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions, at 415-964-5250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.