MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran Auctioneers hosts jewelry auctions every spring and winter, and the next event is May 21. Scheduled to start at noon, the Fine Jewelry auction features 178 lots of fine watches by makers such as Patek Philippe, antique seals and fobs, Scottish pebble jewelry, and designer showstoppers by David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Fob Feature Showcase
Scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. is the Studio Jewelry auction. The sale features a wide selection of jewelry in a variety of styles and prices. Most pieces feature estimates below $2,000.
Collectors of 19th century jewelry will see an abundance of items on offer.The catalog includes a selection of early 19th century fob seals set with various colored stones.The selection hails from an important private Pasadena collection. An antique gold and carnelian fob seal is among the headliners. It dates to circa 1830 and features a seal depicting Hippocrates.Also, the image with staff and serpent may bring $1,000 to $1,500.
Featuring the crowned motto “Auspicium Melioris Aevi [Token of a Better Age],” another fob seal from the collection features a gold frame modeled as an ouroboros and a carved carnelian seal, and has been assigned a conservative $800 to $1,200 estimate.
Musical Fob Represents
Finally, an impressive circa 1820 yellow gold musical fob from the same collection comes with an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000; the upper section centers a resting stag. Plus, the fob plays a song with a pull lever activation.
Also on offer is jewelry from the estate of Betty Warner Sheinbaum, a member of
the Warner Bros. family. The jewelry collection illustrates the evolution of jewelry design from the Victorian era through modern, free-form sculptural pieces. A standout modernist selection from the estate includes a suite of hand-forged sapphire and diamond jewelry. The piece is by Canadian artist George Brooks. Furthermore, it heads into the sale with an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000.
A collection of Scottish pebble jewelry is sure to excite connoisseurs of antique jewelry. Also sometimes referred to as Scottish agate jewelry, this style of jewelry was made fashionable by Queen Victoria after she made Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the royal family’s summer retreat, though jewelry set with common Scottish stones dates back beyond the Middle Ages. Also, selections include a circa 1865 dirk/kilt pin with elaborately engraved silver mounts.
Featuring gray agates and set with three amethysts, the pin may bring $500 to $700.
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