Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's in March

Master of the Hunt of the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Salih Al-Salih (1351-54 AD). Estimate £80 000 - 120 000

Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds sale on Tuesday 31 March 2009 features over 200 works, rich in decorative beauty, rarity and academic importance and spanning a wide range of geographical areas, materials and time. Leading the sale is a 14th century Mamluk silver and gold inlaid large brass bowl, made for the Amir Qaja, the Master of the Hunt of the Sultan Al-Malik Al-Salih Al-Salih (1351-54 AD) (estimate: £80 000-120 000), and the earliest known Iznik bottle: an early 16th century blue and white pottery bottle base, which comes from Ottoman Turkey (estimate: £80 000-120 000). Amongst the exquisite array of calligraphy, Part II of The Library of The Late Djafar Ghazi will be offered; this follows the notable success in October 2008 of Part I which realised £1 080 650. Other media featured includes ceramics, metalwork, textiles, jewellery and miniatures with estimates ranging from £1500 to £150 000. This sale is followed, on Thursday, 2 April, by the auction of Oriental and European Rugs & Carpets and by Christie’s South Kensington’s sale of Indian and Islamic Works of Art and Textiles on Friday 3 April.


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Faberge umbrella saved from car boot sale

Umbrella with a handle by M. Perchin. Faberge Jewellery House. 1886–1903. Bowenite

The woman had been given the treasure by her mother-in-law but kept it hidden in a cupboard without realising the handle was the work of a Russian master jeweller. It was only when she had a clear-out and took a few items to the jeweller Jethro Marles, that she realised its true value. She had been planning to either give the items to a charity shop or sell them at a car boot sale. Mr Marles says, “She had no idea what it was worth so when I said it was worth at least £15,000, she was gobsmacked.”


Published in: on January 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Jewellery auction in London: unpretentious and tasteful

Ring. George Pragnell. Gold, yellow and white diamonds. The estimate is £20 000–40 000. Sotheby’s. Fine Jewels. London the 6th of November

On the 6th of November in London there will be conducted the jewellery auction Fine Jewels. The auction house Sotheby’s won’t exhibit masterpieces worth a million, such as it was at the recent auction in Hong Kong. There also won’t be expensive antique jewellery. This time Sotheby’s will present a small, but very organic collection, reflected all branches of the modern jewellery design. In Fine Jewels catalogue there declared 200 lots estimated in a range £1000–120 000.


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Stockholm Auktionsverk was Lucky Thanks to the Icons

Ivan Aivazovsky. A Corner of Constantinople from the Sea by Moonlight. 1878. Canvas, oil. Lot was sold at a price of SEK 3 300 000. Stockholm Auktionsverk. The Russian Auction. Stockholm, October 2

Stockholm Auktionsverk auction house held a big Russian bidding that took place on the 2nd and 3rd of October in the capital of Sweden. The unique collection of paintings, graphics and icons as well as miniature plastic arts, jewellery and other works of decorative art was presented to the collectors, most of them Russians. Stockholm Auktionsverk put up for sale 459 lots in total.

More than half of the lots were presented on October 2 during the first auction session which became an absolute failure. According to the results less than 50% of lots were sold and most of the top lots were not passed out while some of them were sold at a price much lower than the estimate.


Watches, Sculpture and Faberge Brooch at Bidding in Salzburg

Arno Lehmann. Flory. Germany. 1951. Ceramics. Lot was sold at a price of €12 500. Dorotheum. Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art. Salzburg, October 9.

Dorotheum Jewellery, Watches & Decorative Art bidding took place on October 9 in Salzburg. 462 lots included almost all styles of decorative art such as watches, jewellery, porcelain, miniature plastic arts, and toys and so on. There was sold scarcely less than half of the collection.

The most stable results were shown by porcelain and silverware. There were sold most all of the lots. The average estimate was €300-3000.


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Fine Jewellery in Monaco – the sales of one lot

Ring. Gold, diamond. Lot sold for €1 405 712. Artcurial. Fine Jewellery. Monte Carlo, July 29

On July, 29 and 30 the Artcurial French auction house held the large two-day jewelry auction sales in Hotel Hermitage. The sales totaled €4 371 717 which are rather of an average figures taking into account that more than thirds of this sum was made from sale of one lot.

The main highlight of the auctions is the exquisite golden ring decorated with a delightful pure diamond of 14,79 carat. It was sold for €1 405 712. This sale is considered a real record as the stone was estimated at €800 000-1 000 000. The magnificent diamond which was the center of fierce battle undoubtedly is worth attention. The stone which characteristics are confirmed by the certificate of Gemological Institute of the USA is of the perfect form, excellent colour (D) and has a very high factor of purity.


Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 8:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Artifact sold for lower price than the estimate in ten times

Goblet. 4th−3d centuries B.C. The Near East. The epoch of the Persian Achaemenid Dynasty. Gold. 137,0. Estimate more £500 000. Lot sold for £50 000. Duke's. Silver, Jewellery and Plate, Textiles, Rugs and Furniture Sale. Dorset, June 5–6

On June 5–6, Duke’s auction house held the sales named Silver, Jewellery and Plate, Textiles, Rugs and Furniture Sale. Gold goblet in a form of two human masks connected together and decorated with twisted snakes in hair was represented. The goblet was dated to the IV−III centuries B.C.

Organizers of the auction sales assumed that the ancient artifact would be sold by auction for no less than £500 000. Unfortunately, the goblet was not estimated exactly and the lot was sold for price lower the estimation. The lot was sold by auction for £50 000.


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Earrings. Pearls, diamonds. Length 4.0 cm. Diameter 16.5. Estimate  £4000–6000. Bonhams. Jewellery. London, February 13.

On February 13, the auction house Bonhams is holding sales at London hotel Knightsbridge. Collectors will have a chance to see 420 lots which consist of jewellery of the 17th–19th centuries.

A set of three two-colored brooches gemmed with diamonds weighing 16 carats in general is expected to be the top-lot of the auction. The length of the biggest article is 10,5 cm. (estimate £6 000–8 000). Another highlight is to be a ring with a central diamond of old gem-cutting of 2,49 carats the setting of which is enchased with diamonds of smaller sizes weighing 0,9 carats (estimate £4000–6000).


Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diamonds at Christie’s

Brooch «Bee». 1850. Diamonds, garnets, enamel. Estimate £800–1200. Sold for £2250. Jewellery. Christie's, London, January 15.

On January 15 the London department of international auction house Christie’s held sale titled Jewellery comprising works of jewelry. The auction featured more than two hundred and sixty lots. The sale totaled staggering £272 887.
The top-lot was a bracelet with diamonds which was sold for £6250 (estimate £5000–6000). Among the top-lots of Jewellery sale was figure bracelet. It was also enchased with diamonds and was hammered at £5625 (estimate £2400–3000). Bracelet richly enchased with rubies and diamonds made in 1930 was also among the highlights. It was bought by one of auctioneers for £5625 (estimate £3000–4000).

Among other highlights was a golden ring with diamond weighed about 2,2 carats. It was made in 1976 in London. Lot was sold for £6000 (estimate £4000–5000). Edward diamond ring made in 1900 captured a special attention of auctioneers. It was sold for £3250 (estimate £1000–1500). Another ring of oval form enchased with a big garnet and diamonds was hammered at £750 (estimate £800–1200).


Published in: on February 5, 2008 at 12:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

The loss of 221 exhibit items from the Hermitage may be a theft… or not

A big loss has been detected in the State Hermitage. During the planned inner control of exhibits the staff missed of 221 items. The matter is pieces of Russian jewellery art, mainly the enamels. The total cost of the lost pieces is about 130,000,000 roubles.

The presence control of the exhibits in various departments of Hermitage passes according to the schedule approved by the Ministry of Culture. The results of the control are given for the confirmation to the Federal Culture and Cinema Agency.