Sotheby’s London Fine Jewellery Sale to take place on 14 December 2011

Sotheby’s London is delighted to announce the sale of Fine Jewels which will take place on Wednesday, 14 December 2011. Comprised of 399 lots, the sale is estimated to fetch in excess of £2.2 million. The auction will include antique jewels, natural pearls, 1920s jewels and modern jewels by Andrew Grima.

Commenting on the sale, Daniela Mascetti and Alexandra Rhodes, Senior International Specialists, Sotheby’s Jewellery Department said: “Following the recent success of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva we are pleased to present for sale in London an array of jewels, ranging from 1920s jewels to contemporary designs, which will provide ample choice to collectors and to buyers looking for attractively priced Christmas gifts.”

The sale will be highlighted by a Diamond Corsage Ornament (pictured left), Tiffany & Co, circa 1920 (est. £52,000 - 72,000), designed as a ribbon bow, set to the centre with a circular-cut diamond, within interlacing lines of single- and circular-cut diamonds, suspending similarly set articulated tassels, signed Tiffany & Co., brooch fitting. Bows and ribbons were a popular motif used frequently in early 20th century Garland Style jewellery. Jewels such as these used the delicate designs of the eighteenth century as their inspiration, the forms always expressing lightness and fluidity. Creations such as this appeared frequently in Tiffany & Co. works from the late 19th century through to the 1920s.

A notable highlight of the sale is a Gold, Enamel, Gem-Set and Diamond Brooch, Boucheron, circa 1890 (pictured on the News homepage), estimated at £15,000 - 20,000. Designed as a cicada, the articulated wings decorated with plique-à-jour enamel and calibré-cut sapphires, the abdomen and head set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, and further set with buff top sapphires, the eyes of cabochon cat’s-eye chrysoberyl. Frédéric Boucheron (1830-1902) trained in Paris and soon became renowned for his highly imaginative and exquisitely crafted beautiful jewels, studied nature from life and then experimented with techniques using plique-à-jour enamel several decades before it was made popular by the Art Nouveau movement.