Specialist and West Coast representative Michael Larsen shares what he considers to be some of the stand out pieces being offered in our November 2 auction of Jewelry & Watches. Full exhibition for this sale opens to the public on Thursday, October 29 at 10am at our headquarters in Philadelphia, with select highlights on view on the Main Line October 8-10, Beverly Hills October 14 & 15, and New York City October 20 & 21. We invite you to join us then to view these, and other works being offered in this very exciting sale.
This exquisite example of plique-á-jour (literally translated-“letting in daylight”) enamel was created by the renowned American jeweler, Marcus & Co. This innovative enamel process was made popular by French jeweler René Lalique in the late 1800’s. Although commonly associated with French jewelers, Marcus & Co. produced many pieces of plique-á-jour, which are highly sought after to this day.
A plique-à-jour enamel, conch pearl, diamond, platinum and eighteen karat gold brooch, Marcus & Co., circa 1900
Nothing is quite as impressive as the statement that a big beautiful diamond makes! At 18.98 carats, this is more than just an immensely large diamond. The cut (what jewelers refer to as make) of this stone is rated as very good by the GIA, which is second only to excellent. All the more desirable considering the size, where cut sometimes falls by the wayside to achieve a larger carat size.
An impressive diamond and platinum ring
Patek Philippe represents the premier brand in watchmakers and we are pleased to offer one of their earliest automatic wristwatches. Produced in 1955, this rare early model is one of a limited production run and is in beautiful condition. It comes with the original Patek Philippe bracelet and an Extract from the Archives. A must for any watch aficionado.
An eighteen karat gold automatic bracelet watch, Patek Philippe, 1955
A personal favorite that will appeal to every collector. This whimsical pig coin purse is complete with French assay marks (cochon is French for piglet). One can only assume that this was made to accompany a virtually identical purse created by Lacloche Fréres, a venerable French jeweler.
An eighteen karat gold 'cochon' coin purse
Every jewelry buyer through all of history has appreciated the art of jewelry that is Cartier. These beautiful pieces represent Cartier’s innovation of using carved gemstones, which they so famously initiated in their earlier “Tutti Frutti” designs of the Art Deco era. These Retro pieces are at the height of popularity as mid-century design is currently what is on trend.
A pair of emerald, ruby, diamond and eighteen karat gold ear-clips, Cartier
A gem-set, diamond and eighteen karat gold brooch, Cartier