The natural pearl jewels attracted bidders from around the world, many of whom traveled to the department’s previews in New York City or Chicago to carefully examine the lots in preparation for the high-spirited and competitive bidding that ensued. Another example, a Tiffany & Co. single strand graduated pearl necklace, circa 1903, achieved $37,500 against a $8,000/12,000 pre-sale estimate.
Diamonds, a perennial favorite, also performed well including a fine platinum and 6.01 carat round brilliant cut diamond ring which sold for $158,000 and a pair of Victorian silver topped gold and diamond earrings that sold for $52,500. Vintage Tiffany & Co. jewels from The Estate of George Willis Pack epitomized the firm’s renowned craftsmanship from the period of the 1870’s through the 1930’s and appealed to discerning collectors who competed aggressively.
Two notable examples were an Art Nouveau yellow gold, polychrome enamel, diamond and emerald style No. 4: Calanthe Veitchii orchid brooch by Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co. which sold for $80,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $20,000/30,000 and a fine platinum, sapphire, diamond and emerald pendant/brooch by Tiffany & Co., circa 1912, that sold for $22,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $4,000/6,000.
In the Fine Timepieces sale on the evening of December 8, an 18 karat yellow gold open face five minute repeating pocket watch, Patek Philippe for Spaulding & Co., circa 1887, sold for $16,250 with a pre-sale estimate of $4,000/5,000.