The September 11 and 12 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers features significant antique highlights from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras in addition to the department’s focus on colored stones and signed jewelry.
Leading the sale is an impressive, antique cushion cut Kashmir sapphire. The stone, accompanied by extensive certification, is offered here for the first time at auction as part of the fine Schoonmaker estate collection. Weighing over six carats, the present stone is an important example and is estimated at a conservative $225,000 – 250,000. Numerous additional fine, natural gems such as Paraiba tourmaline, rubies, emeralds, fancy sapphires and natural pearls are also offered.
An important platinum, aquamarine and diamond necklace by Tiffany & Co. exemplifies the sale’s strength in both antique and signed jewels. The necklace showcases masterful use of platinum in its elegant and lightweight filigree work. This distinctive style, taken together with the restrained use of diamonds to accent the skillfully matched and faceted aquamarine, strongly evokes the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, possibly aided by Meta Overbeck, during the period between 1915 and 1925. It has a presale estimate of $30,000 – 50,000. The sale has an expansive collection of classic signed works by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff, Buccellati, Oscar Heyman Brothers, Julius Cohen, Schlumberger for Tiffany, Cummings for Tiffany, and others.
Another highlight of the period collection is a Georgian gold, emerald and diamond bracelet. This impressive example of Georgian high jewelry utilizes intricate and bold repoussé work with exquisite emeralds and diamonds. The bracelet is presented in exemplary condition and estimated at $18,000 – 22,000.
Important estate collections make up the majority of the sale, including the private collection of notable collector Olga Hirshhorn. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC was named after Ms. Hirshhorn who also donated her private collection of art to the Baker Museum in Naples. Highlights of Ms. Hirshhorn’s jewelry collection includes an 18 karat yellow gold, platinum, turquoise and diamond bracelet, Cartier, Paris and an unusually fine platinum, diamond and emerald cameo brooch, both estimated at $5,000 – 7,000.
Rounding out the signed collection is an important selection of modernist work by such luminaries as Ed Wiener, Horaldo Burle-Marx and Andrew Grima. The works of these artists combined with a curated collection of sculptural jewels, ranging from the bold to the whimsical, provide a fascinating counterpoint to more classical choices.
The preview opens Wednesday, September 7 in Chicago following the New York preview Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24.