New York Auctions, Luxury And Jewels. More Than 350 Pieces At Sotheby’s On April 21, 2015.
Sotheby’s 21 April auction of Magnificent Jewels in New York will offer more than 350 pieces that together are estimated to achieve in excess of $50 million*. Highlights will be on public view in Hong Kong, London and Doha this month**, before returning to New York for exhibition beginning 17 April.
The sale is led by a diamond unlike any offered before: an extraordinary 100-carat perfect diamond in a classic Emerald-cut that is estimated to sell for $19–25 million. At this impressive scale, diamonds of this exceptional quality – D color and Internally Flawless clarity – are incredibly rare, and are considered ‘perfect’. What distinguishes the present example within this rarefied league is its beautiful shape: it is the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald-cut ever to be offered at auction. The original rough – weighing over 200 carats – was mined by De Beers in southern Africa. The current owner spent over one year studying, cutting and polishing the rough diamond to deliver the spectacular stone.
The Baron de Rothschild Necklace. An Elegant and Rare Platinum, Emerald, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant-Necklace. Designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier, Paris, circa 1924. Estimate $1,800,000-2,200,000.
This Mughal Empire-style necklace was exhibited recently at the Denver Art Museum exhibition ‘Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century’. Created by Cartier’s chief designer Charles Jacqueau, the blue and green necklace – highlighted by three colored stones carved with Mughal floral motifs – was acquired by Baron Eugene de Rothschild in 1924 for his new American wife Catherine. In 1927, Vogue wrote about the Baroness and her Cartier necklace in an article about ‘the beautiful new jewels on the smartest women in Paris,’ stating that her taste in fashion and jewels was faultless.
A Superb Platinum, Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring. Cartier, New York, circa 1915.
The cushion-cut sapphire weighing 11.90 carats, accompanied by Gubelin Gem Lab Report stating that the stone ‘possesses a richly saturated and homogenous color, combined with a high degree of transparency, and a finely proportioned cut.’
Estimate $1,400,000-1,800,000. Property of a Gentleman.
From the Estate of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, Thence by Descent: The Flagler Emerald. An Important Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Pendant.
This exquisite 35.02 carat Classic Colombian emerald jewel belonged to the wife of Henry Flagler, the American industrialist and pioneering developer of Florida’s eastern coastline. Estimate $1,000,000-1,500,000.
The Spectacular Bid Collection, comprising a magnificent suite of sapphire and diamond jewels, was acquired in celebration of the sport of kings from Harry Winston, the King of Diamonds. The sapphire jewels pay homage to the blue silks of Hawksworth Farm, owner of Spectacular Bid, a winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and one of the top U.S. thoroughbred horses of the 20th century. A Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Necklace, suspending a Burmese sapphire of 16.95 carats, illustrates classic Harry Winston design (estimate $300,000-400,000).
**EXHIBITION CALENDAR: Hong Kong 2–5 April: London 10–12 April; Doha 14–15 April; New York 17–21 April.