Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York will be held on April 18 and is distinguished by signed jewels from prominent estate collections, as well as top quality gemstones. This sale also provides rare pieces from designers of the 20th century such as Cartier to Belperron and Flato, as well as Art Moderne jewels.
”This April, we are privileged to present a sale in which we have been entrusted with great jewels from the estate collections of several women whose philanthropy, social stature and style will long be remembered,” said Lisa Hubbard, Sotheby’s chairman, North & South America, international jewelry division. “The selection of signed and period jewels in particular offers a window into the lives of these women, each with their own taste but all having an eye for the very best. We are also delighted to present the Mughal carved emerald brooch by Cartier that is featured on the cover of our sale catalog – a successful marriage of East and West by the leading pioneer of Art Deco design.”
Property from the estate of Eunice Joyce Gardiner, a former London model, is featured in the New York sale. In 1961, she met her second husband, Robert David Lion Gardiner, a descendant of Lion Gardiner, who acquired the storied Gardiner’s Island at the eastern tip of Long Island in 1639, and their wedding was a highlight in the annals of U.S. society. The Gardiner lots, estimated at more than $2 million, comprises of 47 jewels ranging from exquisite antique pieces to bold David Webb designs. A highlight from her collection, pictured above, is the Lacloche Freres platinum, sapphire and diamond pendant necklace, circa 1925, set with a 29.50-carat emerald-cut Burmese sapphire along with more than 31 carats of diamonds.
The estate of Nancy Blackburn Hamon of Dallas includes a platinum ring set with a 12.64-carat, E, VS1, marquise-shaped diamond and a platinum and diamond necklace/bracelet combination by Harry Winston, circa 1956, designed with pear and marquise-shaped diamonds in a wreath motif.