Jewelry designer Margret Craver’s Solar-Lunar Cosmos series in June 14 Massachusetts antique auction

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Solar-Lunar Necklace #1, Margret Craver, glass and gold foil, lg. 2 1/8 in., with acrylic torque. Estimated at $600 to $800. All photos courtesy Skinner, Inc.

BOSTON – A fine jewelry auction scheduled for June 14 will include 850 offerings including everything from Art Deco to contemporary signed jewelry. Skinner Inc. will host the auction in its Boston gallery at 63 Park Plaza; the event will begin at 10 a.m. The sale bill also includes antique jewelry, an eclectic collection of artist-designed pieces, a fine collection of Italian gold and a vast assortment of diamond solitaires.

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The Estate of Margret Craver Withers (1907-2010) is a highlight of the sale. Margret Craver was a self-taught modernist jeweler and metalsmith. She was introduced to metalsmithing at the University of Kansas in the late 1920s. In 1938 she traveled to Sweden to study with Baron Erik Fleming, silversmith to the King. Under his tutelage, Craver refined her craft and sharpened her skills. During the war Craver taught metalwork to veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital. She has been recognized with many awards. The Skinner sale offerings include selections from her estate that range from her designs to collected works of others, such as fellow innovator John Paul Miller.

Craver’s work is represented with the Solar-Lunar Cosmos series from the late 1970s. Each transparent glass pendant is set with either gold or silver foil symbolizing the relationship between sun (gold) and moon (silver). Each is suspended from a simple, clear acrylic torque that creates an interaction between wearer and viewer: the pendant changes with the light as the wearer moves. Eleven of the twelve pendants from this series will be offered. Lots 441 through 451 are estimated at $600 to $800 each.

Choice timepieces at auction include an antique gilt-metal and rock crystal crucifix watch, signed by Jaques Joly, lot 606, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000; an Art Deco platinum, gem-set figural wristwatch, attributed to Eszeha, the cover lot, 841, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000; and lot 822, an Art Deco onyx, enamel and diamond “Pendulette,” by Cartier, Paris, circa 1920, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. A Patek Philippe gentleman’s 18 karat gold “perpetual calendar” wristwatch with Moonphases, lot 580 and estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, is also expected to entice active bidding.

The auction features solitaires ranging from 2.00 carats to more than 10.00 carats including a platinum and diamond solitaire, set with a square emerald-cut diamond weighing 10.62 cts., accompanied by a GIA report stating G color, VVS2 clarity. Lot 826 is estimated at $550,000 to $650,000. Another stunning stone is a pear-shaped diamond weighing 9.13 cts., accompanied by a GIA report stating E color, VVS1 clarity. That lot, 845a, is estimated at $475,000 to $525,000.  

Top quality rubies are becoming increasingly rare these days. A beautiful antique 18 karat gold, ruby and diamond ring, lot 845, accompanied by an AGL report stating the ruby is of Burmese origin, with no evidence of heat treatment, is indeed a find. The estimated value is $15,000 to $20,000.

More information, including prices realized, will be available at Skinner, Inc., during and after the sale. At www.skinnerinc.com, users may also view all lots in the auction, leave bids, order catalogs and bid in real-time through SkinnerLive!

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