Aristocratic jewelry lead Sotheby's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale
Aristocratic jewels and spectacular gemstones will lead the Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale in Hong Kong next month.
Amongst the most notable lots will be the Cowdray Pearls, a pearl necklace originally owned by Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson (1860 – 1932) consisting of 42 well-matched natural grey saltwater pearls mounted by Cartier.
Described as "arguably the greatest of its kind in existence", the necklace is expected to sell for HK$35-$55 million (US$4.5-$7 million).
Equally aristocratic is the Dowager Viscountess Harcourt Diamond Necklace, created following the famous French Crown Jewels auction in 1887. Featuring 28 diamonds acquired from the royal collection, the necklace – weighing approximately 65.00 carats – was set circa 1900 and has passed through notable collections in Britain and the US.
With jewels from the 1887 sale rarely offered for auction, the rare and historically important necklace is expected to achieve HK$10-$15 million (US$1.3-$1.9 million).
Further notable highlights from the sale will include a unique 10.62 Carat Burmese Ruby, Onyx and Diamond ‘Panthère’ ring estimated at HK$18-$25 million (US$2.3-$3.2 million); a 5.24-carat Fancy Intense Pink Diamond and Diamond ring valued at HK$25.5-$30 million (US$3.3-$3.8 million); and The Jewel of Kashmir, a 27.68-carat Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond ring estimated at HK$48-$55 million (US$6.2-$7 million).
“This Autumn Sotheby’s is honoured to present extraordinary jewels of European aristocratic provenance that are rarely seen at auction in Asia," said Quek Chin Yeow, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia and Chairman of International Jewellery. "Formerly in the collection of distinguished connoisseur Viscountess Cowdray, her namesake natural grey pearl necklace is one of the finest and rarest of its kind ever known. The Dowager Viscountess Harcourt Diamond Necklace featuring diamonds from the French Crown Jewels auction is a remarkable piece whose story is told through meticulous documentation of its journey from Europe to Asia through more than a century."
"Collectors around the world will also be delighted by a fine selection of iconic designs from world renowned brands as well as Burmese rubies and Kashmir sapphires that are highly coveted in the recent years.”
The auction place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday October 7.
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