The sale saw fantastic results led by a gem set, enamel and diamond vanity case, which was the cover lot for the sale and sold for £68,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £8,000 - 12,000.
Antique jewels achieved impressive prices as a fancy intense yellow diamond ring from the late 19th century sold for £30,000, double its high estimate, and a pair of diamond pendent earrings from the late 18th century sold for £41,250, in excess of their pre-sale estimate of £15,000 - 25,000. Natural pearls were also very much in demand, as were key designs from renowned jewellery houses such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels sale on 26 March 2014 will present a beautiful selection of jewellery showcasing many styles and periods of fine crafted pieces with timeless elegance. Highlights include a pair of late 18th-century diamond ear pendants, decorated with rose-cut diamonds in the charming closed back settings of the period, together with a slightly later antique ring, centring on a captivating Fancy Yellow diamond.
Well represented is the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s. Characterised by geometric and monochromatic design of a quality and level of innovation never before seen, the designs remain as bold and as fresh today as when they first appeared almost 100 years ago. Examples include a detailed vanity case by Lacloche Frères carved from jade and studded with precious gems, and a diamond bracelet, beautifully crafted by Cartier in the 1920s. Other jewels carry exciting provenance such as four pieces from the collection of Daisy Fellowes, celebrated society figure, admired beauty and style icon of the 20th century.
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