Christie’s Important Jewels- 30 November 2016

Ahead of the upcoming Important Jewels Sale at Christie’s on 30th November 2016 in London, we take a look at Jewels for auction with a Royal/Noble provenance or purpose.  Among the lots that are featured are a diamond necklace from an Italian Noble family, Jewelry albums, a sapphire and diamond suite, and four diamond tiaras.

Christie’s Important Jewels, London, 30 November 2016

Transformable Diamond Necklace


Estimate: $28,000-$38,000

Property from the Italian Noble family Cosentino Paterno

A transformable diamond necklace, designed as a continuous series of scrolling foliate motifs, each millegrain-set throughout with old-cut diamonds, interspersed by similarly-set quatrefoil flowerhead clusters, suspending a further old-cut diamond drop pendant, transforming into ear pendants, a brooch and a bracelet, circa 1940, by Illario.

Victorian Diamond Tiara, 1880

Estimate: $31,000-$43,000

A Diamond Tiara made of two opposing floral and foliate sprays each entirely set with vari-shaped old-cut diamonds, to the similarly-set fan shaped central panel, mounted in silver and gold, detaching to form two brooches, circa 1880 comprising earlier elements, in fitted Garrard & Co. Ltd. case

The Jewels Of The Nawab Of Rampur Photograph Album

Estimate: $3,800-$6,000

Formerly from the collection of the Nawab of Rampur

The first album contains 35 images including various turban ornaments, necklaces and ceremonial swords; some with colour tinting, with the Rampur coat of arms to the frontispiece and inside cover. The second album contains 48 portrait plates depicting various Royal personages, many wearing elaborate traditional jewellery. Thought to have belonged to the Nawab of Rampur, the ruler of an important Indian Princely state during the British Raj.

Catalogue of the Russian State Jewels, 1927

Estimate: $250-$370

A catalogue of an important assemblage of magnificent jewellery mostly dating from the 18th century, which formed part of the Russian State Jewels, by Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, Wednesday, March 16, 1927. A diamond choker probably included in this album was auctioned at Sotheby’s on November 16th.

An Emerald And Diamond Festoon Necklace

Estimate: $12,000-$18,000

Property of a Lady of Title

A five row emerald and diamond necklace composed of graduating emerald beads interspersed with brilliant-cut diamond rondelles suspended from shield-shaped Art Deco panels of pierced geometric design set throughout with brilliant, single and baguette-cut diamonds to a three-row emerald bead back section.

Diamond Tiara, 1910

Estimate: $10,000-$15,000

An early 20th century diamond Tiara of tapering bandeau design, the central line of millegrain-set old-cut diamond accents within a pavé-set rose-cut diamond undulating border and similarly-set outer frame, circa 1910

Art Deco Sapphire Bead And Diamond Suite, 1925

Estimate: $50,000-$62,000

Formerly in the collection of the Joan, Lady Sherborne 

A necklace, bracelet and pair of ear pendants, set with a series of graduated polished sapphire beads, interspersed by single pearl and old-cut diamond collet trio connections, circa 1925. It was formerly in the collection of the Joan, Lady Sherborne, daughter of the Canadian financier and industrialist Sir James Dunn and wife of the Charles Dutton, 7th Baron Sherborne. She served in the Air Auxiliary Transport during WWII. Lord & Lady Sherbourne lived at Lodge Park in Gloucestershire, now belonging to the National Trust.

Edwardian Diamond Tiara, 1900

Estimate: $15,000-$18,000

A Diamond Tiara designed as a group of three diamond graduated sunburst star panels, mounted in silver and gold, detaching to form three brooches or a hair slide, with four additional fittings, circa 1900.

Antique Diamond Tiara, 1780/1820

Estimate: $38,000-$50,000

An Antique Diamond Tiara composed of a central six-petal flowerhead, mounted en tremblant, and similarly-set tapering scrolling floral and foliate surround, with further entwined bud and flowerhead highlights, central flowerhead circa 1780, remaining tiara circa 1820, mounted in silver and gold.

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