Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
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Property from the Collection of a Connoisseur

Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

Property from the Collection of a Connoisseur

Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD
Lot sold:69,300USD

Description

Property from the Collection of a Connoisseur

Henry Dunay

Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask


Of foliate design, set with numerous round diamonds, further decorated with round, oval, pear and marquise-shaped simulated diamonds, highlighted by a gold teardrop, gross weight approximately 356 dwts, mask and handle signed Henry Dunay, numbered IA2102 and 16911; dated 1993.

Condition Report

In good condition, the mounting with signs of light wear including surface scratches and small nicks, noticeable upon close inspection, and a few stones loose in their mountings and may benefit from tightening by a jeweler. Wand is slightly bent. Mounting stamped 18K and 750 for 18 karat gold, and 5%RuthPlat for ruthenium-platinum alloy. The diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of approximately 36.25 carats, are approximately F-H color, VVS-VS clarity. The colorless diamond simulants are predominantly eye clean, a few with minor abrasions and small nicks, noticeable only under 10x magnification. Mask detaches from wand by lifting safety tab and twisting off. Mask dimensions approximately 6 x 5⅞ inches.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Literature

Illustrated in Henry Dunay: A Precious Life by Stephen Magner, page 96-97.

Catalogue Note

In the early 1990s, New York jewelry designer Henry Dunay was tapped to design a mask that would be sold to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Well-known for his striking and dramatic creations, Dunay allowed himself eight months to craft a piece he deemed worthy of amfAR’s mission. The result is the piece offered here, aptly named The Lachrymosa in reference to the many tears shed over the global scourge of AIDS.

In 1993, Elizabeth Taylor donned the mask at an amfAR charity event. The mask  reappeared in 2009 at the Antwerp Diamond Museum’s “Diamond Divas” exhibition, celebrating famous jewelry-loving women. It is believed that the mask was sold that same year, when Dunay closed his doors after over 50 years of business. Reportedly set with over 130 carats of diamonds, the mask was lauded by Dunay as something that “would be ideal…at the Smithsonian, saying what it was made for and why it was made.” At some point along its journey, the larger diamonds were replaced with simulants, but the dramatic power of Dunay’s original creation remains.

Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
Property from the Collection of a Connoisseur
Henry Dunay | Gold, Diamond and Simulated Diamond 'Lachrymosa' Mask
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