Archive for June, 2011
The Summer sale of Fine Jewels to be held in London on 13th July 2011 features a wide variety of contemporary and period jewels.
Among the highlights are an impressive opal and diamond corsage ornament Formerly in the collection of Doña Maria Cristina of Bourbon, Princess of the Two Sicilies (Widow of King Ferdinand VII of Spain) Queen Regent of Spain, dating from the Mid 19th Century.
Also to be noted are: an elegant platinum and diamond tiara, The property of a Ducal House, dating from the 1920s in a delicate palmette and floral design and an Art Nouveau anemone brooch by René Lalique formed of moulded glass and decorated with plique-à-jour enamel.
The sale also includes several examples of cigarette and vanity cases from the early 20th Century and later by Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels as well as a collection of original hand-coloured jewellery designs by Bulgari from 1970s.
Other famous ‘maisons’ featured in the sale are Boucheron, Repossi and Tiffany & Co. and estimates range from £3,000 – £50,000. Anyone with an interest in jewellery will find something desirable in this sale.
The Fine Watches sale on the 14th July has a vast array of collectors pieces ranging from early pocket watches to modern complicated wristwatches. There are some fine pocket watches including a large rare silver skull form watch from 1850 which is similar in design to one that was ordered by Mary Queen of Scots. The undeniable highlight of the wristwatches is a fine and rare Patek Philippe ref.3970 yellow gold perpetual calendar. This model with integrated bracelet is in pristine unworn condition from the original owner.
The sale contains two outstanding highlights. Firstly, the earliest rules and historic archive of the world’s first football (soccer) club, Sheffield FC, including the first version of their laws of the game, detailed minute books, and the only known surviving copy of the first printing of the club’s rules of football. Secondly, the autograph manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “The Watsons” – the only such manuscript remaining in private hands — extensively revised and corrected throughout. Other major highlights include James Joyce’s wartime family passport, recording his movements during his most creative period when he was composing his masterpiece Ulysses, two major series of letters by Benjamin Disraeli, a number of valuable books sold in aid of the Catholic charity CAFOD, rare first editions by the Brontë sisters, a first-hand account of the Battle of Trafalgar, watercolours by Beatrix Potter and a pen and ink drawing by E.H. Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger