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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #513590
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A stunning French Art Nouveau 18K gold and diamond necklace. The necklace features a 1/3-carat old mine-cut diamond in a round setting suspended from a fine gold chain. A knife-edge drop hangs from the center and terminates in a smaller diamond. On either side, knife-edge drops of different lengths are dotted with small diamonds before terminating in diamond clusters. Upon close inspection, it is clear that the clusters represent flowers, with the three upper diamonds in each cluster being larger than the two lower diamonds, much like a pansy has a combination of larger upper petals and smaller lower petals. The pansy, symbolizing remembrance, was a favorite floral symbol in French Art Nouveau jewelry. The diamonds are of superb quality, with excellent bright color and clarity. Negligée necklaces (so named because the clusters hang “negligently” askew) are usually seen in white gold or platinum and reached the height of popularity around 1920. This is an earlier example, probably dating to around 1900. The necklace is hallmarked with French “tete d’aigle” marks for 18K gold.

Origin: France, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: chain, 17-3/8” long; diamond drop, 1-5/8” long. Weight: 6.5 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.6 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Platinum : Vintage : Pre 1980 item #513902
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Stunning platinum and diamond earrings in the "stile guirland" or "garland style" developed in Paris by Cartier, but first made fashionable by Queen Alexandra of England. Each earring is composed of a floral motif surmount, suspending a bow, suspending a wreath circled about another floral motif, suspending a teardrop. Each earring is fully articulated, so that all the parts move independently with the slightest movement. Each earring contains 51 round brilliant-cut diamonds of very fine color and clarity. The larger stones are collet-set, while the smaller stones are bead-set. The platinum setting is very finely millegrained. The backs are marked "PT900".

Origin: American, circa 1980. Condition: excellent; the posts are original and the clutches are 18 karat white gold replacements (a normal occurence, since clutches tend to wear out or get lost easily). Size: 2" long. Weight: 18.75 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 2.5 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #513906
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A fine pair of Victorian 18K yellow gold tassel earrings. The foxtail chains are suspended from bell-shaped surmounts with bands of engraved decoration and applied flowers worked in rose and green gold. Each foxtail chain ends in a small gold sphere. The earrings have an elegant look, without being too heavy for comfortable wear. The surmounts are marked with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K gold.

Origin: France, ca. 1860. Condition: excellent, wires are replacements. Size: 1-3/8” long. Weight: 5.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #513907
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A very nice Victorian silver brooch set with agates. The brooch is shaped as a modified Jerusalem cross. The stones, including banded agate and bloodstone, have good color contrast and are surrounded with delicate engraved decoration. Silver and gold jewelry set with Scottish agate became very popular when Queen Victoria started the fashion for all things Scottish. The back retains the original c-clasp and extended pinstem.

The Jerusalem cross, first appearing during the crusades, is made up of five interlocking crosses that represent the five European nations active in the crusades—Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The crosses also reference the five principalities of the kingdom of Jerusalem and the five wounds inflicted during the crucifixion.

Origin: Scotland or England, ca. 1860. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-17/32” x 1-5/16”. Weight: 5.25 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #513922
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An elegant sterling silver tea strainer completely covered in translucent bas-taille enamel. The octagonal bowl of the strainer and the handle are outlined in a delicate trailing pattern of pink roses with green foliage, tied with a pink ribbon at the tip of the handle, all against a pale blue background. The quality of the enameled decoration is superb, as would be expected of any item retailed by Tiffany in this period. The back is marked “Sterling” and “Made for Tiffany & Co.”. Tiffany often retailed silver by other major makers such as Gorham and Whiting. The back of the handle bears a period monogram “DW”.

Origin: America, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: 4” x 2-1/4”. Weight: 47.5 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Chinese Export : Pre 1837 VR item #513923
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An extraordinary blue and white Chinese export porcelain beaker-form jardinière raised on feet. The quality of the painted decoration makes this one of the finest examples of 19th century Canton we’ve seen. The entire pot is heavily decorated in a naturalistic array of peonies, cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums. The upper border has a beautiful scalloped pattern while the lip is decorated in a traditional Greek key-type design. Perhaps the finest decorative element, however, are the feet—wonderfully shaped as fat sparrows with their wings outstretched. The detailing of the plumage is really lovely. The sparrows’ heads extend past the bottom of the jardinière to lift it off the surface. The inside bottom has the original hole which could be plugged with a cork to regulate drainage. Potting an item of this size was difficult, and there is a line around the inside bottom edge where the bottom pulled away from the sides a bit in kiln. The bottom also has a hairline that extends around 1/3 of the bottom edge. The hairline is stable and the jardiniere is perfectly usable. Considering the rarity of the form and the superior quality of the decoration, these are really rather minor distractions.

Origin: Southern China, ca. 1820. Condition: good. Size: 10-3/8” tall; 9-1/2” diameter at top.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #514948
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Superb Mikimoto brooch in the shape of a harp. The harp’s sounding board is set with a row of ten fine AA pearls graduating from 3.3 to 5.8 millimeters, and the strings are studded with round brilliant-cut diamonds. The neck and column, both worked in gold, are beautifully detailed. The pearls are of exceptional quality with light cream body color and rosé overtones. The luster is very bright and the pearls are well matched. The diamonds are SI1/2 clarity and G/H color. Mikimto figural brooches are very rare, and this example is nearly certainly a custom-made piece. The back is marked with Mikimoto’s hallmark and “750” for 18K gold. The brooch is accompanied by a March 2006 written appraisal from the Mikimoto specialist at Bailey, Banks & Biddle for $3,250.

Origin: Japan, ca. 1990. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-1/32” x 1-5/32”. Weight: 11.8 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .12 carat.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #514953
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Exceedingly rare custom-made sterling silver golf trophy by Shreve & Company, California's premier 19th century silversmiths. The trophy, in the form of wine ewer or pitcher and displaying the sinuous curves of the Art Nouveau style, is fainly reminiscent of some of Gorham's Martélé pieces. The body is decorated with a superb applied design cast in the form of a laurel wreath woven with golf clubs. The quality is breathtaking. Notice that one club is a putter, and the other is an wood. The body is raised on an assymetrically lobed foot decorated with applied thistle blossoms and foliage--reminding the viewer of golf's Scottish heritage. The ewer is finished with an exagerated curving handle. The trophy was never engraved. The bottom is marked "Shreve & Co./San Francisco/Sterling". This is a simply phenomenal piece of earlier California silver and a phenomenal piece of silver trophy art.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, a 1/2" flat ding on one side (could be professionally removed). Size: 12-3/4" tall. Weight: 941.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #521077
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A lovely set of twelve sterling silver demitasse spoons by Whiting. This pattern, probably referred to as “39”, was most likely only made as demitasse spoons. Whiting produced a number of patterns in the 1880s and 90s that were limited in this way. The handles, beautifully decorated with a pierced pattern of lilies of the valley, blend into corkscrew twist stems that connect to bowls enhanced with repousse decoration of chrysanthemums. Exactly what chrysanthemums and lilies of the valley have to do with each other is not clear, but the design certainly works from an aesthetic point of view! The bowls are highly polished, but the flowers on the handle have a matte surface that really highlights the floral details and adds to the realistic appearance. The backs are marked with Whiting’s earlier hallmark, the pattern number 39, and “Sterling”. The spoons are presented in their original fitted box covered in lilac velvet and silk.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, no monograms. Size: 4-1/16” long. Weight: 115.0 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #521102
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A stunning pair of late Victorian earrings in 18K yellow gold with diamonds, coral and onyx. The coral bead surmounts are punctuated with small collet-set diamonds and suspend gold buttercup settings, the tips accented with black enamel and holding oval cushion-cut diamonds, further suspending an enameled gold belt pave-set with rose-cut diamonds and flanked by a trio of red coral teardrops topped with small onyx beads. Everything about these earrings is of the very best quality. The diamonds are bright and well-cut, the gold settings are inventive, and the coral has the wonderful reddish hue of coral from the Italian coast near Naples. The earrings have threaded posts. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Origin: France, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent. Size: 2-1/4” long. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .54 carat. Weight: 11.0 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #522573
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A lovely sterling silver powder box by Gorham. The entire body and matching lid are covered in repousse decoration of swirling acanthus leaves. The sides flare out in an elegant curve that is continued in the lid which rises to point in the middle. The bottom is hallmarked with Gorham’s old mark, the pattern number “670” and the date mark for 1890.

Origin: America, 1890. Condition: excellent, sharp detail, no dings, original interior gilding, no monogram. Size: 3-5/8” diameter; 3” tall. Weight: 96.5 grams.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Glass : French : Pre 1900 item #522576
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A wonderful cut opaline glass egg-shaped perfume caddy by Baccarat. The hinged lid opens to reveal an area that would have been used to store a plain stoppered bottle of perfume. The milky white translucent glass contrasts beautifully with the rich gild bronze acanthus leaf mountings. The crystal is cut simply with vertical parallel ribs. The glass has the fiery shots or orangey-red typical of opaline glass made by Baccarat. The bottom retains a fragment of an original paper label and a partial acid-etched signature “France”.

Origin: France, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, all original, gilding intact. Size: 4-1/4” tall.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #522850
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A gorgeous Imperial Austrian 18K yellow gold brooch set with a reverse-carved Essex crystal depicting a pansy. Essex crystals were very popular for depicting horses, dogs and various hunting themes, but were not often used with floral motifs. This example is nicely carved and painted. The crystal is set in a simple ropetwist frame. The back retains the original extended pinstem and c-clasp. The clasp is marked with Austrian hallmarks used toward the end of the Imperial era. Essex crystals are more common in English and American jewelry than in Continental European pieces.

Origin: Austria, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent. Size: 7/8” diameter. Weight: 4.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #524792
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A rare Victorian 14K yellow gold stick pin featuring a reverse-carved Essex crystal depicting a Chihuahua. Various dog breeds were depicted in Essex crystals, but this is the only piece we’ve seen with a dog that looks like a Chihuahua. The round setting, with its simple but finely crafted rope-twist border highlights the carved crystal. The colors are strong. The background appears to be silvered instead of the more usual mother-of-pearl. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.

Origin: America, ca. 1885. Condition: some oxidation to painted details. Size: head, 13/16” diameter; overall length, 2-3/4”. Weight: 6.75 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #524797
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A stunning pair of 18K yellow and white gold earrings by Tiffany & Co. and Faraone. The slightly elongated yellow gold hoops are edged in opposing white gold borders that cross in the middle and open into collet settings for brilliant navette-cut natural rubies. The stones have superb, rich color saturation and outstanding clarity, as would be expected. The stylized organic design is really very elegant. Faraone, one of the oldest and most luxurious of the Florentine jewelers, was purchased by Tiffany in the 1990s. Most of the designs created there were only available at the two Tiffany boutiques in Italy—one in Florence and another in Milan. Pieces signed both Tiffany and Faraone are quite difficult to find. The stores are now closed and the only Tiffany items sold in Italy are those that are available at every other Tiffany boutique worldwide. These earrings are fully marked with Italian 18K gold hallmarks, and also “Faraone” and “T & Co.”.

Origin: Italy, ca. 1990. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 15/16” long; 1/2" wide. Weight: 19.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .5 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #524811
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An exceedingly rare Art Nouveau 14K yellow gold brooch depicting a Classical priestess of Comus, the Greek god of mirth and frivolity. She wears a toga and her braided hair is surmounted by a tiara. She appears in front of a stained glass rose window--perhaps an acknowledgement of the Catholic religious culture of New Orleans. The quality and shading of the enamels is simply beyond compare. The gold is finished in the slight-matte “Russian finish” often found in higher-quality French Art Nouveau jewels. The back is stamped “14K”.

The back of the brooch is engraved “COMUS 1908”. The Mystick Krewe of Comus is the oldest and most elite of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras clubs. Theirs is the last ball held before Ash Wednesday, and even Rex, King of Mardi Gras, comes to the ball to bow before the head of the Comus Krewe. In the tradition of Mardi Gras balls, every guest must be masked, and none is allowed to dance (or even stand on the floor of the ballroom) until every member of the all-male Krewe has danced with the female guest of his choice. With the assistance of “callers” using a complex numerical code, each Krewemember finds his female guest despite her masked appearance, although she may never know his true identity. Following the dance, the member presents his guest with the Krewe favor. In some years, the favors were relatively inexpensive, but occasionally they were lavish. The 1908 Comus Ball is one of the most famous in Mardi Gras history because of its legendary elegance. This brooch was the official ball favor. The exact number of Comus members is a secret, but is thought to be no more than 100. By extension, one can surmise that no more than 100 of these brooches were ever made.

Origin: America, 1908. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage, all original. Size: 1” x 7/8”. Weight: 5.5 grams.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Plate : Pre 1950 item #535060
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A beautiful set of six silverplated scallop shell dishes by Tiffany & Co. The dishes are worked with wonderful detail—even the feet have a decorative treatment similar to snail shells. These dishes are perfect for butter, mints, nuts, or even individual servings of cocktail sauce. The bottoms are marked “Tiffany & Co/Makers/Silver-Soldered”.

Origin: America, ca. 1950. Condition: excellent, no plating wear. Size: 3-13/32” x 4-5/8” x 1-3/16” high.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #535068
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Classic pair of double-sided Edwardian cufflinks in 14K yellow gold. The octagonal faces are engraved with concentric circles and bordered with a notched border. The faces are joined by bar connectors. The backs are marked “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 17/32” diameter. Weight: 5.0 grams.