Diamond rings, oil paintings share headliner space

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A pair of GIA-certified diamond rings and oil paintings by Charles Sprague Pearce (Am./Fr., 1851-1914) and Balthazar Paul Ommeganck (Flemish, 1755-1826) are a few of the expected top lots at Gray’s Auctioneers’ Sizzling Summer Auction scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8, online and in Gray’s showroom at 10717 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, beginning at. 11 a.m. EST.

Online bidding will be available through GraysAuctioneers.com, LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Diamond Rings May Top $18K

The GIA-certified diamond rings (both with GIA reports) are the sale’s expected headliners. Lot 116 (shown), a 14kt yellow gold and diamond ring, is set with one diamond weighing about 2.96 carats and boasts I color and VS2 clarity. It is set with eight tapered baguette cut diamonds weighing 0.35 carats. The ring carries an estimate of $18,000 to $20,000.

The ring being offered alongside it (lot 115) is a platinum and diamond ring set with one round brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 2.86 carats. It shows VS-1 clarity and G-H color. It’s also set with two straight cut baguette diamonds with a weight of about 0.06 carats each, also having VS-1 clarity and G-H color ($16,000-$18,000).

Oil Paintings Headlining Art Offerings

The paintings by Pearce and Ommeganck both carry estimates of $2,000-$4,000. The Pearce (lot 1) is a self-portrait oil on canvas laid on board, signed and dated (Paris, 1876) upper right. The work measures 13 1/4 inches by 10 1/4 inches.

Pearce was born in Boston, Mass., but spent most of his life living and working in Paris, where he received medals at the Paris Salon and elsewhere.

The Ommeganck (lot 4) is an oil on canvas landscape with sheep, signed and dated 1807 lower left. The painting measures 12 1/4 inches by 17 3/4 inches. Ommeganck was a Flemish painter of landscapes and animals. 

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