SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present Baubles, Purses & More: The Final Felicia Michalski Jewelry Sale, featuring fine and costume jewelry, beaded and vintage purses on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time/1:30 p.m. Eastern. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Featuring over 145 lots acquired over five decades, the sale offers fine jewelry, mostly for ladies, including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, brooches and watches. Most are crafted of gold or silver, gem-set with embellishments such as diamonds, opals, amethyst, jade, amber, turquoise, coral, cinnabar, rose quartz, cultured pearls, tourmaline, moonstone, bone, agate, onyx, tiger’s-eye and other semiprecious stones.
Among the items are Southwest-style and Mexican silver jewelry, including cuff bracelets; and several charm bracelets. A highlight is an oversized gold charm necklace (below), with charms of nine world cities, including a Paris charm by Cartier.
Several items come from another collector, including a 2.10-carat diamond solitaire ring.
Of note is an extensive selection of purses and bags, including Victorian and Art Deco beaded purses, a vintage Chanel purse (below), a vintage Judith Leiber evening bag, a Gump’s clutch with jade and brocade, snakeskin purses, and evening bags of Swiss petit point and from Paris.
There are also many groupings of costume jewelry and other wearables – antique, vintage and retro – including necklaces, bracelets, pins, pocket and wrist watches, shoe and belt buckles, and gentlemen’s accessories. In addition, the sale includes a Gucci pen, parasol handles, a carving set, Baccarat paperweights, several clocks, a cigarette case, jewelry boxes and pouches.
Additional highlights of the sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, include:
– An 18K gold ball-form bracelet weighing approximately 53.7 grams, 8 ¾ inches long (est. $1,000-$1,500).
– Boulder opal and diamond pendant with chain in 14K white and yellow gold; opal measuring approximately 34 by 26 by 8.7 millimeters (est. $600-$800).
– Monard Swiss quarter-hour repeater pocket watch in an 18K pink gold hunting case, 53 millimeters (est. $600-800).
– Three Victorian beaded purses, the largest measuring approximately 10 by 7 inches (est. $100-$150).
Felicia Michalski’s life unfolded 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, Michalski 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. Among her many collecting pursuits, jewelry was her favorite. The final segment of the Felicia Michalski Collection of Fine Jewelry features many of the treasured adornments she collected over more than 60 years.
For more information, contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions, at 415-964-5250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.