Our sale of Fine Jewels demonstrated how strong the jewellery market currently is with over two thirds of lots selling in excess of their pre-sale high estimate. There were exceptional results for signed pieces from the first half of the 20th century such as lot 283, a wonderful bracelet attributed to Ernst Paltscho from the 1930s which sold for £75,000 (Estimate: £15,000 – 20,000) and lot 247, a gold and plique-a-jour enamel chain by Lalique which achieved for £43,750 (Estimate: £15,000 – 20,000).
There were very strong prices for exceptional gemstones such as lot 39, a ruby and diamond clasp from the late 19th century which sold for £67,500 (Estimate: £15,000 – 25,000) and lot 331, a fancy intense yellow diamond ring by Cartier which sold for £87,500 (Estimate: £20,000 – 30,000).
Signed pieces also performed extremely well with outstanding prices achieved for lot 286, a diamond ring by Cartier which achieved for £143,000 (Estimate: £55,000 – 65,000) and lot 400 a diamond bracelet by Graff which sold for £87,500 (Estimate: £30,000 – 50,000).
This sale offers a wide variety of jewels from the 17th century to the present day. Well represented are floral motifs which have always been popular with jewellers for their intricate forms and bold colours. Striking pieces such as a 1930s bracelet attributed to Ernst Paltscho, and a yellow diamond brooch and pair of earrings from Vacheron Constantin are joined by delicate jewels from the early 20th century, including a natural pearl and diamond pendant from Boucheron.
Within the sale there is also an impressive private collection of very delicate, late 17th- and early 18th-century ‘Stuart Crystal’ and Momento Mori mourning jewels, which were worn to remind wearers of their own mortality.
Come and watch the auction and enjoy the pop-up Sketch café, which will be serving afternoon tea on the 11 June 2015 from 10.30am throughout the sale. The magical menu Sketch has created is sure to delight, with such delicacies as caviar and quail’s egg sandwiches. Join us for the pre-sale exhibition ahead of the sale from 6–10 June where refreshments will be served throughout.