S otheby’s is pleased to present American Visionary: Fine Jewels from the Collection of Mrs. John L. Marion, open for bidding 10 – 18 May. Mrs. Marion’s jewels are an extension of her awe-inspiring personality, strong in presence and style. She gravitated toward bold designs by American makers like David Webb, Verdura and Andrew Clunn, embracing a joyous and confident aesthetic that may be described as pure Texan. Color abounds with turquoise, tourmaline and aquamarine appearing alongside sapphires, emeralds and rubies in highly sculptural gold mountings. Highlights include a pair of sugarloaf cabochon emerald earclips, a striking diamond collar and a wonderful selection of enamel bangles by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
Known for bold, adventurous and highly original designs, David Webb creates exemplary statement pieces that are true conversation starters. Since the firm’s inception in 1948, it has won critical acclaim from collectors and tastemakers alike. Each piece blends motifs and inspiration taken from varying cultures and time periods, spanning from ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations to the Art Deco period and beyond, married together with Webb’s unique aesthetic.
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Verdura strikes a balance between innovation and tradition, with whimsical yet timeless pieces that have become instantly recognizable over the years. The jewels offered here represent the brand’s inspiring combinations of colored gemstones and distinctive design.
Andrew Clunn established his atelier in 1980, after working in various roles for David Webb for over a decade. As a private jeweler, he created custom designs for a distinguished clientele base, including some of the most prominent socialites and women in fashion. Andrew Clunn’s diamond collar necklace is among the highlights of this sale, featuring over 90.00 carats of variously cut diamonds, expertly arranged in a glamorous and impressive look.