Renowned jewellery collection comes to Sotheby’s



2015-06-26 10:45:46

Renowned jewellery collection comes to Sotheby’s

3 Oct 2012, 09:49

The personal jewellery collection of prominent Mayfair silver dealer Michael Wellby will be offered at Sotheby’s on December 11th.

The 211 works in the sale display an exceptional range of craftsmanship spanning centuries, dating from the 16th-20th century.

Highlights include a late 18th century diamond devant de corsage, composed of a series of swags with ribbons and floral motifs with three tassels, and a late 19th century what sheaf tiara, depicting two sheaves of what tied with ribbon bows and set through with diamonds. Each of these stunning pieces are valued at £60,000-£80,000.

Another highly anticipated item to be offered is a 1920s Art Deco Tiffany & Co bracelet, a wide geometric band set with variously cut diamonds. It is estimated to sell for £40,000-£60,000. Another interesting Art Deco bracelet is valued at £12,000-£15,000, a reversible enamel, lapis lazuli and diamond piece depicting ancient Greek women worshipping Athena on one side, and a battle scene on the other.

A late 17th-early 18th century Southern Italian dancing female carnival figure in floral headress pendant, made of gold and natural baroque peal, is valued at £30,000-£40,000.

Representing Wellby’s taste in naturalistic jewellery, a circa 1900 G. R. Sandoz gold, turquoise, enamel and diamond brooch/pendant depicting a lotus flower with water lilies and two dragonflies, wings set with turquoise drops and diamonds, is expected to fetch £10,000-£15,000.

Senior international jewellery specialist at Sotheby’s, Alexandra Rhodes, described how ‘Michael’s unerring eye sought out the most beautiful and interesting objects. The intrinsic value of the gems was never the chief consideration, for him the charm of the design was the most important requirement’.

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