The spring Important Jewelry sale at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will be held on April 23 – 24 preceding our Fine Timepieces and Silver Jewelry sales on April 25. The first day of the auction takes a curated journey starting in the Georgian period and building to the present day. Of particular note is a series of jewels spanning over a century of Tiffany & Co. history by such luminaries as Paulding Farnham, Jean Schlumberger, Angela Cummings and Paloma Picasso. Enthusiasts of Mid-Century design can enjoy numerous signed examples by Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Oscar Heyman and David Webb, among others. As always, a selection of certified diamonds of exquisite quality and rare colored gemstones from the finest sources will be on offer.
An impressive item in particular within the Tiffany collection is an early green gold, emerald and pearl pendant/brooch by Paulding Farnham circa 1895. This charming and wearable jewel is still more appealing as it has been in a single private collection since purchased in the 1890s. It carries an attractive estimate of $5,000 – 7,000. Moving ahead to the 1960s is a sumptuous platinum, yellow gold, diamond and coral torsade necklace that shows off the creative brilliance of Jean Schlumberger. Also an intricately constructed and articulated flower brooch will be offered. Both jewels were meticulously manufactured in France and each carries an estimate of $8,000 – 12,000. Many more Tiffany masterworks and daily essentials, both vintage and contemporary, will also be available.
Always a perennial favorite, Art Deco bracelets offer endless variations on geometric patterns. Our spring selection includes several fine choices such as a striking platinum and diamond design by Gübelin. This eye-catching piece, estimated at $10,000 – 15,000, is in excellent condition and showcases the fine stone quality and intricate metalwork that sets apart the best examples of the period.
The sale offers a wide range of beautiful Mid-Century works such as a striking 18 karat yellow gold, platinum, emerald, ruby and diamond bombe ring by Bvlgari in a quintessentially 1960s aesthetic as well as a classic platinum, sapphire and diamond “pansy” brooch by Oscar Heyman circa 1946. Both jewels are estimated at $10,000 – 15,000.
The ever-increasing interest in and demand for fine colored stones makes rare examples such as a fine Burmese sapphire and diamond ring estimated at $110,000 – 130,000 all the more exotic and alluring. Continuing with sapphires, a mounted 5.10 carat oval mixed cut unheated Ceylon sapphire estimated at $14,000 – 18,000 will be offered, the perfect opportunity for any aspiring jewelry designer. Also featured is an impressive Colombian emerald, which carries an estimate of $40,000 – 60,000 and a fine Burmese ruby with stunningly saturated color starting at $15,000 – 20,000. Diamond highlights include a supremely rare Golconda-type 5.79 carat marquise cut diamond ring. This important and exciting jewel is estimated at $175,000 – 225,000. Showing the diversity of diamond color is an oval brilliant cut 5.73 carat fancy yellow diamond estimated at $30,000 – $50,000. These are but a few of the many colored stone and diamond options.
Highlights of the April 25 Fine Timepieces sale include a rare stainless steel Ref. 6239/6262 “Paul Newman” Daytona Rolex, circa 1968. The wristwatch has an unpolished original finish with accompanying box and papers and is estimated at $65,000 – 85,000. Additional highlights include examples by Patek Philippe such as a Ref. 5090J “Sculpture” series Calatrava in 18 karat yellow gold ($12,000 – 18,000) and a Ref. 5085/1A stainless steel calendar, moonphase and power reserve wristwatch ($8,000 – 12,000).
The Chicago preview opens April 19. The sale will be conducted live in the Chicago saleroom and online. The catalogues for the upcoming sales are currently available online at lesliehindman.com.