Jewelry dazzles amid Australian and Indonesian art

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 28-lot selection of of U.S. and foreign gold coins was a complete sell-out as it crossed the block during a Dec. 4 sale for an expected $44,039. An Edwardian lady’s platinum, diamond and seed pearl pendant watch by Vacheron & Constantin took center stage when it more than doubled its pre-auction estimate to sell for a impressive $28,200.

The lots are two standout results from Weschler’s jewelry, coins and watches, fine ar and 20th century decorative arts sale, which totaled more than $571,000, with 84 percent sold by lot.

The morning began on a high note with a selection of U.S. and foreign gold coins on the auction block. The twenty-eight lots of coins were estimated to bring between $38,400-$54,100, and with a 100 percent sell rate, the coins sold within estimate for $44,039.

Among the watches, an Edwardian lady’s platinum, diamond and seed pearl pendant watch by Vacheron & Constantin took center stage. The pendant watch, set with one round full Dutch rose-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.75 carats, drove past its estimate of $7,000-$10,000 and sold to a phone bidder for $28,200.

Other star performers included another Edwardian lady’s pendant watch, which depicted in white enamel a portrait miniature of a woman sold for $8,812 and an 18-karat yellow-gold open face pocketwatch by Thomas, Russell & Son, Liverpool realized $2,115 just above estimate.

Highlighting the fine selection of period jewelry was a unique Art Deco platinum, opal doublet, diamond, blue sapphire and ruby clip, which surpassed its pre-sale estimate to sell for $11,162.

In addition, an Art Deco platinum, jadeite jade, emerald and diamond three piece ensemble sold for $3,525; an Art Deco matinee length cultured pearl and blue sapphire necklace realized $2,115; and an Art Deco platinum, emerald and diamond dinner ring, set with one square-cut emerald weighing approximately 1.95 carats, brought $4,935.

Standouts among the gold offerings included an 18-karat yellow-gold, multi-color precious and semi-precious stone three-piece ensemble selling for $2,820 and a choker length 14-karat yellow-gold necklace by Tiffany & Co., which sold above estimate at $3,055.

The afternoon sessions began with a collection of 20th Century decorative arts consigned by an Alexandria, Virginia estate. Highlighting the collection was a Tiffany favrile glass pulled feather shade sold for $1,292; a set of eight Tiffany gold favrile glass stem wines brought $3,525; a set of eight Tiffany & Co. ‘Chrysanthemum’ pattern sterling bouillon cup housings with Lenox gilt porcelain liners sold for $3,525; and a Tiffany & Co. ‘Chrysanthemum’ pattern 217-piece sterling assembled flat table service which sold for $21,150. Furnishings were highlighted by a Philip and Kelvin Laverne ‘Etruscan’ acid-etched bronze dining table, which battled amongst the phones and eventually sold for $6,462.

A selection of Australian and Indonesian works of art from the estate of a former U.S. diplomat had a stellar performance, with an oil by John de Burgh Perceval (Australian 1923-2000) titled Lady in Paddys River fetching $43,375. In addition, a mixed media on canvas by Indonesian artist Ahmad Sadali (1924-1987), Untitled (Abstract of Nine Gold Bars), sold for $11,750 and a still life of flowers by Arie Smit (Indonesian b. 1916) brought $4,582.

Standouts among the European works included a Parisian street scene by Antoine Blanchard (French 1910-1988) which sold for $7,637; Horses in a Rolling Countryside by George Henry Laporte (German 1799-1873) crossed the block for $8,812; a 16th-17th Century Italian School work, Madonna and Child with Saints brought $6,462; Vista de Toledo by Spanish artist José Beulas Recasens (b. 1921) brought $12,925; and a British School unsigned oil of The Soldier’s Return sold to an Internet bidder for $7,230.

American landscapes fared well with a late 19th century American School painting of a farmer approaching a hayfield at sunrise, which sold to an Internet bidder for $13,255; a summer landscape by Henry Pember Smith (1854-1907) and Hardangerfjord, Norway by German/American artist Herman Ottomar Herzog (1832-1932) both brought $4,230, respectively; and an oil of a black lab on the shore by Edwin Megargee (1883-1958) exceeded its pre-sale estimate, fetching $7,050. Standouts in the print offerings included a photogravure by Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) of The Flat Iron Building, New York, which realized $3,525.

The next auction of jewelry, coins and watches and American and European fine art and 20th century decorative Aarts will be held on April 2, 2011, with a consignment deadline of February 11. For more information contact Weschler’s at 202-628-1281.


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