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BOSTON, Mass. – September 5, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will host an auction of Fine Jewelry in its Boston gallery on Tuesday, September 10th. The sale will feature over 600 lots of antique and period jewelry, as well as contemporary jewelry by famous makers including Tiffany, Cartier, Buccellati, and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Skinner is pleased to offer a pin by American sculptor Alexander Calder (lot 672, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000) accompanied by an original letter from the artist to Henry Sayles Francis, the original owner of the piece. The brass coil pin was commissioned by Francis, curator of prints and paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1930-1970, for his wife, Frances M. Francis. In the accompanying signed letter dated December 18, 1939, Calder inquires as to whether Francis received the pin and if he found it satisfactory. The Calder Foundation assigned this pin application no. A26064 in July 2013.
A selection of eclectic jewelry by Noma Copley from the collection of Jean Stark, co-founder of the Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art in New York City, includes a realistically designed hammered silver gentleman’s necktie (lot 666, $800 to $1,200), an 18kt gold “screw” ring (lot 667, $1,500 to $2,000), and an 18kt gold bangle cast from a key belonging to the artist (lot 669, $1,500 to $2,000). Noma Copley (1916-2006) had no formal training in metalsmithing and did not begin making jewelry until she was fifty years old. Of her work, Copley stated, “surrealist inspired and influenced I, for a long time, tried to transform the everyday, the common objects that are taken for granted into poetry to wear.”
A selection of diamonds is highlighted by a diamond and colored diamond ring. The ring (lot 615, $75,000 to $100,000) is set with a princess-cut diamond weighing 5.02 cts. flanked by fancy intense yellow radiant-cut diamonds, and is accompanied by GIA report no. 11802688, dated September 25, 2012.
A beautiful pair of platinum and emerald-cut diamond earstuds (lot 701, $50,000 to $60,000) will be offered, accompanied by GIA report no. 11788235, stating that the 2.54 carat is E color, VVS2 clarity, and GIA report no. 11804534, stating that the 2.24 carat is D color, VS1 clarity. A round brilliant-cut unmounted diamond (lot 548, $75,000 to $100,000) measuring 9.52 x 9.56 x 5.69 mm, and weighing 3.11 cts. will also be offered. The diamond is accompanied by GIA report 2125664610 dated December 19, 2011 stating that the diamond is F color, VVS2 clarity.
Antique and Art Deco Jewelry
Beautiful examples of antique and period jewelry include an18kt gold, enamel, ruby, and diamond brooch by Tiffany & Co. depicting a scene of Venus and Cupid (lot 646, $3,000 to $5,000). A fine and rare pair of mid-18th century Italian seed pearl and ruby girandole earpendants (lot 354, $1,500 to $2,000), an antique diamond convertible suite, worn as a necklace or as a tiara (lot 643, $6,000 to $8,000), and an antique miniature gold, split pearl, and diamond watch of navette form (lot 413, $1,500 to $2,000) will also be offered.