Every year, as the holidays creep closer and the end of the year approaches, there is one auction that I get excited for and that is the Rago Arts Jewelry Auction! It is like a yearly ritual, where I pick my favorite lots and get cozy on a lazy Sunday, ready to bid! This year the date is set for December 8th and there are so many amazing lots! Jewelry Specialist at Rago, Sarah Churgin, is especially excited this time around:
“Every week brings at least one exciting discovery. This last one came together yesterday concerning one of our favorite pieces in the sale: The granddaughters of Gustav Manz identified lot 2001, an unsigned Belle Epoque Jeweled Gold Giardinetto Necklace, described as:Edwardian Jeweled 18k Gold Giardinetto Necklace, deeply chiseled and worked gold pendant and stations on paperclip link chain, set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, green garnet and topaz, suspends a briolette cut yellow sapphire, approx. 6 cts. Marked 18k. No maker mark apparent. Attributed to F. Walter Lawrence/Gustav Manz. 17″, drops 3″. 25.4 dwt., Estimate: $2,500 – $4,500. They have provided sketches and ledger records that connect it to their grandfather and F. W. Lawrence. So now we can give credit where credit is due.”
Other exciting lots include:
THREE ANCIENT INTAGLIO GOLD RNIGS; Hieroglyph bead on triple-shank, possibly Ancient Egyptian; Roman banded agate intaglio depicts a soldier holding a helmet; Roman banded agate intaglio with enameled hoop depicts a boar. Mounted 19th-20th c.
FIVE PIECES GENTLEMAN’S ANTIQUE GOLD JEWELRY; Tiffany & Co. 18k gold signet ring with embossed dolphin and seaweed shoulders, incised griffon head over crown and “Macte Virtute”, size 10; Bonded agate ball and star set rose cut diamond cufflinks, at least 14k gold; Banded agate ball and rose cut diamond coiled serpent stick pin at least 14k gold; Carnelian and rococo 14k gold ring, size 7 1/2.
ILIAS LALAOUNIS RING AND GOLD EARRING; Lalaounis 18k gold stylized antelope ring, size 6 1/2, 1 1/2″; Single 916 gold ear clip, granulated coil with pearls, 1 1/2″, Greece, 20th c. 15.4 dwt. Pouch and box.
CAT’S EYE CHRYSOBERYL, DIAMOND RING; Oval sugar loaf cat”s eye, 15 cts. by formula, framed by rows of OEC and OMC diamonds, box set in platinum and a line of green enamel, on incised and pierced 14k gold “cigar band”, ca. 1910. Size 5 1/2
TWO JEWELED GOLD CLUSTER RINGS; Emerald and sapphire oval cluster framed by channel of fine calibre cut sapphires, platinum-topped 18k yg., size 6 1/2; OMC, rose cut diamonds, approx. 2 cts. TW, and ruby accents frame circular peridot among open scroll panels, silver-topped 14 wg, size 5 1/4. 1920-1940.
GOLD JEWELRY, 1772-1920; Gold mourning ring depicts a gentleman beside grave, mine cut diamond border, hoop inscribed obit. Feb. 22, 1772, age 77; 14k gold Victorian hinged bracelet of twisted fluted wire centering porcelain portrait framed by rose cut diamonds (detaches); Cannetille gold and garnet brooch; Stick pin composed of earlier enameled gold and garnet with pearl jewel; 14k yg. fetter link watch chain supports enameled gold and diamond star pendant; 10k gold mesh bracelet, clasped by coiled enameled serpent with diamond head.
MODERN 18K GOLD JEWELRY, INCLUDES TIFFANY & CO.; Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. collar with carnelian bead; Tiffany & Co. gold and amethyst cabochon ring, size 7; Textured earrings for pierced ears.