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Fine Jewellery, Silver & Watches Sale Preview

20th February 2020.

Fine period and modern jewellery, collectable vintage and luxury designer watches and fine silver come together in the first stand-alone Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver at Tennants Auctioneers on 21st March, which will take place alongside the Spring Fine Art Sale.

A strong selection of fine jewellery starts the sale, with pieces by top makers such as Fabergé, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Grima and Tiffany & Co. Highlights include a platinum diamond Negligee necklace, suspending two old pear cut diamonds with a total estimated diamond weight of 3.20 carats (estimate: £12,000-15,000) and a pair of emerald-cut diamond drop earrings (estimate: £100,000-150,000). The earrings are accompanied by two Diamond Grading Reports from the Gemological Institute of America stating that the diamonds weigh 5.01 and 5.02 carats respectively.

Good period jewellery includes a Russian gold and enamel brooch by Faberge of St Petersburg. Made circa 1900, the cartouche shape with pink enamel and diamond accents has an inventory number scratched to the reverse and is housed in the original fitted wooden box stamped in Cyrillic ‘Faberge St Petersburg Moscow’ below the Imperial Warrant (estimate: £4,000-6,000). A Georgian Diamond Brooch of asymmetric form is composed of rows of old cut and rose cut diamonds; diamond set jewellery from the Georgian period tended to have closed settings, with the backs of the diamonds not visible as in the present example (estimate: £1,500-2,000). A pretty Art Deco diamond, sapphire and emerald brooch is also of note, on offer with an estimate of £1,000-1,500.

The Watch Section of the sale is topped by a fine and rare Lady’s Limited-Edition Platinum ‘Crash’ Watch by Cartier, made circa 1991. The curved, asymmetric Cartier ‘Crash’ was first released in 1967 and epitomised the design of the late 1960s. This example is one of a limited edition of 400 made in 1991, and is offered with an estimate of £20,000-25,000. Another Lady’s watch to watch is an 18-carat gold and diamond set Rolex Pearlmaster Datejust (ref. 80318) made circa 2007. Complete with original box and paperwork, the watch is offered with an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Highlights from the strong selection of gent’s watches in the sale include an 18-carat gold Rolex Day/Date watch (ref. 1803) made in 1966 (estimate: £5,000-7,000), and a steel and gold Rolex Datejust (ref. 16013/16000) from 1987 (estimate: £2,000-2,500).

Highlights of the Silver Section include a set of three George III Silver Salvers by Richard Rugg, London, 1776 (estimate: £8,000-12,000). Engraved with the Vavasour arms for Sir Walter Vavasour, 6th Baronet (1744-1802). The Vavasour resided at Hazelwood Castle, near Leeds before it was sold in 1907. An impressive pair of German parcel-gilt silver and ivory figures by Wilhelm Weinranck of Hanau near Frankfurt from the first quarter of the 20th century, realistically modelled as a Knight and a Lady in period costume are on offer with an estimate of £6,000-8,000. Intricately and finely decorated, Hanau was long a centre of producing silver objects inspired by silver from an earlier age. Also of note are a George III silver basket by John Wakelin and William Taylor of London, 1780 (estimate: £4,000-6,000) and a Charles II silver tumbler-cup, attributed to Thomas Mangy of York, 1673 (estimate: £3,000-5,000). Despite lacking a maker’s mark, this cup compares closely to other known examples by Thomas Mangy. Mangy was from an extensive family of silversmiths working in York in the 17th century and was at least the third generation. He was a silversmith of some talent.

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