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Collectors’ corner: auction news

Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale: While a whopping 5-ct fancy pink diamond of exceptional clarity will see bidding off to an ebullient start at Bonhams’ London Autumn fine jewellery sale, it’s the off-kilter curios that tend to take our fancy. Lot 23, a small cache of mid-century designs estimated at between £6,000-8,000, is right up our New York street. It includes a pair of double-sided arrow cufflinks, double-sided citrine cufflinks and a couple of delectable ‘pom pom’ slipper brooches set with saphhires and rubies and, in the case of the larger one, brilliant-cut diamonds. Bonhams has included a footnote that ’although unsigned, the two slipper brooches bear direct comparison to 1940s designs by Paul Flato’. The fact that the citrine cufflinks are also cased in an original East 57th Street Paul Flato box is another pointer to the door of the legendary New York jeweller. Paddles at the ready… Bonhams London Fine Jewellery starts on 26 September, from 14:00 BST . Writer: Caragh McKay.
Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale: While a whopping 5-ct fancy pink diamond of exceptional clarity will see bidding off to an ebullient start at Bonhams’ London Autumn fine jewellery sale, it’s the off-kilter curios that tend to take our fancy. Lot 23, a small cache of mid-century designs estimated at between £6,000-8,000, is right up our New York street. It includes a pair of double-sided arrow cufflinks, double-sided citrine cufflinks and a couple of delectable ‘pom pom’ slipper brooches set with saphhires and rubies and, in the case of the larger one, brilliant-cut diamonds. Bonhams has included a footnote that ’although unsigned, the two slipper brooches bear direct comparison to 1940s designs by Paul Flato’. The fact that the citrine cufflinks are also cased in an original East 57th Street Paul Flato box is another pointer to the door of the legendary New York jeweller. Paddles at the ready… Bonhams London Fine Jewellery starts on 26 September, from 14:00 BST . Writer: Caragh McKay.

Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale: While a whopping 5-ct fancy pink diamond of exceptional clarity will see bidding off to an ebullient start at Bonhams’ London Autumn fine jewellery sale, it’s the off-kilter curios that tend to take our fancy. Lot 23, a small cache of mid-century designs estimated at between £6,000-8,000, is right up our New York street. It includes a pair of double-sided arrow cufflinks, double-sided citrine cufflinks and a couple of delectable ‘pom pom’ slipper brooches set with saphhires and rubies and, in the case of the larger one, brilliant-cut diamonds. Bonhams has included a footnote that ’although unsigned, the two slipper brooches bear direct comparison to 1940s designs by Paul Flato’. The fact that the citrine cufflinks are also cased in an original East 57th Street Paul Flato box is another pointer to the door of the legendary New York jeweller. Paddles at the ready… Bonhams London Fine Jewellery starts on 26 September, from 14:00 BST 

Writer: Caragh McKay

Hancocks: August is awash with oceanic views and poolside plunges, so it’s fitting then, that Hancocks Jewel of the Month is this undulating 1960’s 18-ct gold ‘Tissu Polonais’ bracelet. Designed by Georges Lenfant – one of Cartier’s master jewellers, who also worked for Van Cleef & Arpels, Boivin and Bulgari – the bracelet is designed as a straight flexible strap of woven gold rippling waves. Eight raised crests are polished smooth in juxtaposition to the matte finish of the rest of the piece. What a way to make waves.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Artcurial’s Le Temps est féminin II Auction: Artcurial’s women’s watch auction in Monaco earlier this week was jam-packed with fascinating and twinkling lots by brands including Piaget, Patek Philippe and Cartier. But it just so happened that our favourite piece from the sale – a Bulgari Black Mamba Serpenti timepiece from 1971 – was the top selling lot from the auction. The elegant 18-ct gold and enamel snake-shaped bracelet watch, which conceals a watch dial within its mouth, belonged to Anja Lopez, the wife of operetta composer Francis Lopez, and sold for €430 600.

Photography: ©Almakarina. Writer: Laura Hawkins

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels and the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction New York: When Jean Schlumberger joined Tiffany & Co in 1956 – the jeweller, who had designed buttons for couturier Elsa Schiaparelli – became the first to stamp his Tiffany creations with his own name. Schlumberger’s first jewellery designs were china flowers mounted on clips, and Peggy and David Rockefeller were particularly attracted to his naturalistic aesthetic. Diving into the the lots from this New York auction, which opens tomorrow, this Tiffany shell brooch by Jean Schlumberger caught our eye. Circa 1957, the sapphire conch design features a diamond swirl tip. How’s that for deep sea treasure? Christie’s Magnificent Jewels and the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller Auction takes place at 10am at 20 Rockefeller Center in New York on 12 June.

Bonhams Knightsbridge Jewellery Auction: there are 471 pieces of jewellery and gemstones available at Bonhams Knightsbridge upcoming sale on 13 June, and we’ve hopped straight onto a selection of bunny-motif pieces by Eva Segoura. The French jeweller – who designed from 1980 to 2000 – is renowned for creating a prizewinning show of pieces featuring 3D animals carved from gemstones. Think pigs lounging on rings, or frogs hopping onto chunky cuffs. Lot 56, a hardstone ring modelled into the shape of a rabbit is Watership Down worthy. The rabbit’s ears even have sparkling diamond eyes, and green gemstone leaves wrap around its shoulders like soft foliage.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction: Boghossian has come into bloom this week, as the Swiss high jewellery house broke records at Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction in the sale of its Manuscript Bracelet. The piece, which evokes a colourful undergrowth of criss crossing leaves and flowers, is inspired by the miniature works of art in the 15th century prayer manuscript the Waldburg-Gebetbuch, and sold for $4,469,209 USD. Set using a range of coloured diamonds and natural antique cabochon pearls, it’s a woodland-worthy wonder for the wrist.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Sotheby’s Huntsman Auction: Sotheby’s has announced its first online lifestyle auction, curated by Pierre Lagrange, the financier and owner of Huntsman. The auction exemplifies the sophisticated lifestyle surrounding the Savile Row Tailor, which was founded in 1849, and features bespoke pieces from Lagrange’s own collection, alongside a selection of new works. Amongst Cartier watches and an eighteenth century Russian deerskin leather watchbox, it’s a hard call to pinpoint our favourite Lot. We find this Hunstman Dunhill tall table lighter particularly illuminating. An exemplary interiors piece, it has been been lacquered in Huntsman signature claret by the artisan Lionheart. Huntsman curated by Pierre Lagrange takes place from 22 May to 1 June.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Auction: With over 400 jewels on offer at Christie’s Geneva upcoming jewllery sale, it’s a tricky task to pick a favourite. Amongst unusual animal motif jewels, sapphire evening bags and cigarette cases, this simply constructed diamond necklace caught our eye. There’s an industrial appeal to the design of Lot 352. 26 graduated old-cut diamonds, ranging from 15.04 to 11.08-ct are suspended within silver and gold frames, the teeth of each closure bringing a toughness to an otherwise classic design. The auction takes places at Christie’s, Geneva on 16 May, from 13:30

Writer: Laura Hawkins

Bonhams Fine Jewellery Auction: Apart from the star lots – a trio of fine Art Deco pieces by the esteemed British jewellery house Hennell is causing much pre-sale excitement – this mid-century line bracelet of invisibly set step-cut rubies has taken our fancy. A Tiffany design, it makes a cool, old-fashioned understatement of a kind that translates into timeless appeal. The auction takes place at Bonhams, London on 25 April, from 14.00.

Writer: Caragh McKay  

Mahnaz Collection: Last September, Francesca Grima, design heir to jeweller Andrew Grima, told Wallpaper* of her father’s renowned aesthetic: ‘He always chose textured gold over polished gold. Many of his designs have a large semi-precious stone as the protagonist and textured gold surrounding it.’ Imagine our delight, then, at finding a first class example of Grima’s aesthetic as part of ‘London Originals’, an exhibition made up of Mahnaz Collection’s archive of jewels which came out of the city between the Sixties and Eighties. The exhibition, on display at the Wright Gallery in Manhattan, features over 100 works by designers including Grima, Charles de Temple and George Weil. Mahnaz Collection is one of the largest collectors of Grima, and we think a particular treasure from its trove is this graphic and chunky white gold ring. Set with a tourmaline diamond and its centre, the ring surrounded by agate, its strata forming rectangular outlines around the trillon-cut gemstone. ‘London Originals’ is on view at the Wright Gallery until 11 May.

Writer: Laura Hawkins

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