Family Froment-Meurice's $250,000 jewellery ensemble sells in Hong Kong



2015-06-26 12:15:46

Family FromentMeurice's $250,000 jewellery ensemble sells in Hong Kong

Far Eastern coins, world coins, medals and banknotes will be auctioned by Baldwin's in the spring

Coin specialist Baldwin's has released further details of the highlightsin its upcoming Hong Kong Coin Auction 50.Offering a wealth of Far Eastern coins, word coins, medals and banknotes, the sale is scheduled to take place on April 7.

Among the most interesting lots included in the sale is a hand wrought jewellery ensemble designed by the 19th Century French goldsmithjeweller dynasty, the family FromentMeurice.

The jewellery set comprises 33 Roman and Ancient Greek coins mounted in the distinctive rococo style. Itis believed tohave beena highlight of the firm's spectacular display at the 1900 World Fair Exposition in Paris.

The setis housed in an elongated octagonal case with brass hinges, maroon velvet exterior, velvet and satin lining and two hasps.Itis presented over two levels in the presentation case, while thelarger pieces are displayed on top with the smaller pieces on a layer beneath.

 The exceptional jewellery set, crafted by the family FromentMeurice

The lid of the case bears a blank embossed crown of a German Prince, possibly a Prince of Prussia or another leading German state.

Overall, the set comprises, two allgold necklaces (the larger of the two has a detachable pinback broach attached that can be worn separately), two sets of Roman gold coin earrings, a heavyset slave bracelet and two hairpins (designed for the highpile "GibsonGirl" hairstyles of the time).

Finally a single ornate gold juncture with jump ring is also included,used to join detachable parts of the set. According to Baldwin's, the combined weight of the pieces is 488.91 grams or 15.69 troy ounces.

This magnificent lot beautifully showcases the skills and achievement of the family FromentMeurice and, being of great historic significance, carries an estimate of $200,00-250,000.

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