Period jewelry makes strong finish at Weschler’s spring auctions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 17, Weschler’s auctions of Jewelry, Coins & Watches and American & European Fine Art presented a fine selection of diamonds, pocket watches, gold jewelry, landscapes and an impressive print collection among the over 400 lots consigned from private collections and local estates. The two sessions totaled over $626,000, with almost 80 percent sold by lot.

The day began with a wide selection of vintage jewelry spanning the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Modern eras, with an array of pieces by some of the most noted makers, including Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Ippolita, Henry Dunlay and Lambros.

Highlighting the offerings was a Swiss gentleman’s 18-karat yellow-gold automata striking quarter-repeating open face pocket watch, depicting a Renaissance man hammering ‘Old Father Time’s’ scythe, which sold above estimate to an Internet bidder for $20,485; an Art Deco tested 18-karat yellow-gold, platinum, diamond, blue sapphire, ivory and blue enamel pendant brooch brought $11,163; an Italian 18-karat hammered yellow-gold ‘Glamazon’ cuff bracelet by Ippolita realized $3,290; a pair of Tiffany & Co. Art Deco platinum, diamond and emerald brooch clips sold for $5,875.

Also sold for a good result were a Cartier gentleman’s retro 18-karat yellow-gold and ruby five-piece formal dress set, which fetched $4,230 against a bank of telephone bidders, and a platinum and diamond line bracelet, with diamonds weighing approximately 26 carats, that sold to a private buyer for $23,500.

Notable among the fine art offerings was a Hungarian oil, which led the bidding. Consigned by a local estate, Hillside Dwellings by János Vaszary (1867-1939) garnered much attention during exhibit with its colorful, lush landscape and quickly drew the bidding above its presale estimate to sell for $28,200.

Other standouts included Balancing Youthful Love by French artist Charles Bertrand D’Entraygues (b. 1851) ($11,162); a portrait of Adi Rahyadi Brotosuhanjo by Indonesian artist Affandi (1907-1990) ($8,225); Opening Night by Jon Corbino (American 1905-1964) ($12,925); and Repairing a Wheelbarrow, Voorburg by American artist Mathias Joseph Alten (1871-1938) brought $7,637 above its presale estimate.

The prints were highlighted by a collection consigned by local collector Joseph A. Schifrin. The first sampling of Schifrin’s collection in this sale included 50 prints, which held a presale estimate value of $49,000 to $72,000, with the sampling selling within range for $49,234. Among the offerings, three Howard Norton Cook (1901-1980) cityscapes took center stage. The three New York City prints realized within estimate, selling from $4,465 to $5,875. The second half of Schifrin’s collection will be offered in Weschler’s Sep. 25 auction of American & European Fine Art.

The next auction of Jewelry, Coins & Watches and American & European Fine Art will be Sep. 25, 2010, with a consignment deadline of Aug. 6.

For more information, visit or contact Weschler’s at 202-628-1281 or by email at

Photos courtesy Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers.

If you’re interested in vintage wristwatches, read Timeless design fuels vintage watch collecting by Reyne Haines

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