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All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1930 item #836142
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Fine Pennsylvania impressionist oil on board snowscape by H. Don Donnell. The image depicts a winding country road along bordered by a fence to one side and a couple of trees on the other. Pockets of brush dot the landscape. Auburn leaves cling to the trees, creating a nice counterpoint of color to the soft greys and blues in the snow-covered ground and wintery sky. A pair of small buildings appear in the near background before the scene rises to the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. The perspective is particularly appealing. The painting is signed twice at lower right, one under the impasto and again in the same hand over the impasto. The first signature seems to include a date, which appears to be 1920. The back of the board is marked in pencil "Butcher Creek Road Near Butler Pa/$75/By H. Don Donnell".

Origin: America, ca. 1920. Condition: excellent. Size: board, 16" x 12"; overall, 21-1/2" x 17-1/4".

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pottery : Pre 1910 item #836252
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$325.00
A nice stoneware ewer in an unusual form by Doulton Lambeth. The bulbous body is decorated with raised flowers and foliage against a cobalt blue ground, while the foot and long tapering neck are finished in a simple pattern of incised rings highlighted with chocolate brown borders. The inside of the foot is stamped with the mark used 1891-1902 and also with the artist's mark which appears to be a conjoined "JH", "HL" or possibly just an ornate "H". There is also an assistant's mark, "b".

Origin: England, ca. 1895. Condition: no chips or cracks. Size: 11-5/8" tall.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1980 item #836277
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$3295.00
A superb 18K yellow gold and diamond 5-piece dress set by Tiffany & Co. The double-faced cufflinks and studs are worked in a tight basketweave pattern and have a slightly domed or pillow shape. The larger faces of the cufflinks and the studs are centered with collet-set brilliant round cut diamonds. The stones are of fine quality, estimated at F color and VVS clarity. Each piece is fully hallmarked and signed by Tiffany. They also bear the copyright date 1995 on the cufflinks and 1996 on the studs. This design is no longer in production. The cufflinks are presented in their original dark blue Tiffany box and in the original light blue paperboard outer box.

Origin: America, ca. 1995. Condition: excellent. Size: cufflinks (larger faces)11/16" x 11/16"; studs, 3/8" x 3/8". Weight: 26.75 gr. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .6 carat.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #836298
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$3995.00
An oustanding sterling silver centerpiece basket by Gorham. The sides and handle are decorated with extremely ornate bright-cut engraving in a swirling foliate pattern. The motif is repeated to great effect in the gilt feet that raise up the basket. The intersection of the handle and feet is finished with an applied classical lion mask. The surfaces are finished in an acid-finished matte texture. The reeded border and the feet are enhanced with matte gilding, while the interior is finished with highly polished gilding. The centerpiece is an excellent example of Gorham's work for an elite market in the years immediately following the Civil War. The bottom is stamped with Gorham's hallmark, the date mark for 1871, and with Gorham's retail location at Union Square in New York.

Origin: America, 1871. Condition: very good, the interior has some small dings and light wear to the gilding visible in raking light only when the centerpiece is empty. Weight: 737.0 grams. Size: 7-1/4" x 10-1/4" x 8-1/4" tall.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #854871
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$1295.00
A classic pearl and diamond ring by Mikimoto. A single 8.4 millimeter pearl is set at the center of the ring and is surrounded by small round brilliant-cut diamonds. The pearl is of very fine quality, estimated at AA. The body color is cream with rose overtones. The surface is smooth and lustrous. The diamonds are of equally fine quality. Typically, Mikimoto uses diamonds in the F-G color range with VVS clarity. The shank is stamped with Mikimoto’s oyster shell hallmark and “K18”.

Origin: Japan, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent. Finger Size: 6-3/4. Crown Size: 1/2" X 1/2" X 7/16” high. Weight: 3.5 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .2 carat.

All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : Pre 1900 item #857998
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A very nice 19th century Mexican tin retablo illustrating “El Nino de Atocha”. According to tradition, Christ appeared in the guise of a small child to feed the hungry Christian prisoners of the town of Atocha during the Moorish invasion of Spain. The retablo illustrates the boy wearing his traditional garb and carrying his usual water gourd on the end of a staff and a food basket. Bouquets of flowers are arranged at his feet. Interestingly, the staff and basket are shown in the opposite hands from their original arrangement and the boy is seen standing rather than sitting. The pouty appearance of the mouth suggest that this retablo might be by the “bee-stung mouth” artist, though the relative simplicity of the design would make it among his earlier works. The heavy-lidded treatment of the eyes is also characteristic of the Red Bole Group, with which the artist is often associated. The retablo retains the original welded hook on the back side, and a collector’s label stating “Santo Nino de Atocha”.

Origin: Mexico, ca. 1840. Condition: excellent, very light scattered paint nicks to front, no rust. Size: 6-3/4” x 10”.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1900 item #858358
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An extraordinarily fine antique 18K yellow gold ring by Tiffany & Co. set with a mixed cushion cut Burmese blue sapphire surrounded by old mine cut diamonds. All the gems are of the finest quality. The sapphire has been certified by the American Gemological Laboratories (see the following paragraph). The diamonds, ranging in size from approximately .22 carat to .29 carat each, are estimated at G/H color and SI to VVS2 clarity. The sapphire is set in a prong setting, while the diamonds are set in a shared-prong setting that creates a filigree appearance around the back of the crown. The shoulders of the shank are lightly decorated with beaded engraving.

Nearly all sapphires marketed in the last 150 years have been heated to improve the color. This is considered a standard practice. Other treatments, such as filling in fractures, altering the color family, etc., though considered bad practice, are nonetheless quite common. Fine Burmese stones from the Mogok region that have not been treated in any way are exceedingly rare and only show up in upscale jewels from makers such as Tiffany and Cartier. This particular stone, with its bright coloring and beautiful cut, is nothing short of stunning.

The AGL Brief (dated April 2008) indicates that the sapphire is natural; displays specific properties and characteristics associated with stones from Burma; measures 7.39 x 6.69 x 5.82 mm; weighs 2.49 carats; is cut in mixed cushion, has blue color, and shows no heat or additional treatments. The brief further indicates that unheated sapphires are scarce. The original brief will accompany the ring.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, all original, interior of shank has a period monogram. Finger Size: 4-1/4 (The ring can be sized up and we would recommend that the work be performed by Tiffany). Weight: 6.0 grams. Gemstone Weight: diamond (estimated by measurement), 2.25 carats; sapphire (by actual weight), 2.49 carats.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #873186
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$110.00
A lovely sterling silver fancy serving fork in an unnamed Art Nouveau pattern by the Baird-North Co. The handle is beautifully decorated with a thorny vine of wild roses. The back is decorated in a simpler design of roses. The splayed tines are ornately pierced. A fork of this shape would probably have been used to serve bacon, but it might also be useful for cold meats. The reverse is marked “Sterling/Pat. 1903”. There is no maker’s mark (maker’s marks were not legally required until 1906), but we’ve had pieces in this pattern that have bear Baird-North’s hallmark.

Origin: America, ca. 1903-1906. Condition: excellent, sharp detail, no monograms. Size: 8” long. Weight: 35.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #873311
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$2795.00
An exquisite pair of 18K yellow gold earrings featuring large mabe pearls, diamonds and sapphires by Spark, a New York jewelry house particularly noted for the fine quality of its gemstones. The square earrings have slightly arcing sides channel-set with brilliant round-cut diamonds, punctuated at the corners with square-cut blue sapphires. The earrings are centered with 13.8mm mabe pearls. The pearls are of spectacularly fine quality, easily on a par with Mikimoto. The surfaces are free of blemishes, are very lustrous, and have cream coloring with strong rose overtones. The diamonds are equally fine, estimated at E/F color and VVS clarity. The backs retain the original omega clips, but the posts have been removed for wear as clips. Posts can easily be added. The backs are marked “18K” and “SPARK”.

Origin: America, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent. Size: 13/16” diameter. Weight: 21.6 gr. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 2.0 carats; sapphire, 1.6 carats.

All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #883384
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$1250.00
A wonderful French first empire tole ware monteith, the sides hand painted with bouquets of colorful flowers against ivory-colored reserves flanked by gilt grapevine designs. The sides rise to handles cast in the form of swans’ heads--a feature very rarely seen. Verrieres are typically oval in shape, but this example is round. The bowl is unusually raised on four lion’s paw brass feet. As a whole, this is one of the more elegant and interesting early tole verrieres or monteiths we’ve seen.

Elegant glassware was a luxury and even the wealthy didn’t have enough to provide a fresh glass with each different wine course during a formal dinner. The monteith or verriere contained water, and the guests’ glasses could be hung from the notched rim to be rinsed in the communal bath. Sometimes, the vessel was filled with cold water and the glasses were simply hung there to be chilled before the service.

Origin: France, ca. 1800. Condition: excellent original paint with slight loss to one bouquet, the interior shows surface rust as expected; three of the notches seem to have been bent and then straightened out again, but this appears to have happened long ago and without any re-painting. Size: 9-1/4" x 12-5/8" at handles; 4-1/2" high (6-1/4" at handles).

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #883431
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A delightful Victorian reverse carved crystal pendant set in 12K yellow gold. The pendant depicts a Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie). He’s beautifully and deeply carved and painted in shades of brown and cream. The texture of his fur comes across very nicely in the design. The dog wears a blue ribbon around his neck and displays quite a lot of character with a bit of tongue sticking out to one side and one drooping ear. The crystal is backed in gold rather than the mother of pearl that typically appears in later crystals. The pendant is bordered with a double ropetwist border. Tested and guaranteed 12K gold.

Origin: England, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, all original, no moisture damage. Size: 1-1/4” x 7/8” excluding bail.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #889483
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$1295.00
A fine Retro comet brooch worked in 14K yellow gold and set with diamonds and blue sapphires. The comet's head and a portion of the tail are saw-pierced, a treatment that considerably lightens a design that would otherwise be too massive. The center of the brooch is set with a marquise-shaped plaque worked in white gold and bead-set with round brilliant- and single-cut diamonds. The plaque is surrounded by a cluster of prong-set round brilliant-cut sapphires. The diamonds are estimated at J color, SI clarity. The sapphires have a slightly violetish-blue color, with strong saturation, moderate tone, and very good brilliance. Comet jewelry has been popular for hundreds of years, and usually become fashionable whenever a particularly notable comet passes close to Earth. The back is marked "14K" and has an unknown maker's mark.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-5/16" x 1-7/8". Weight: 18.9 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .6 carat; sapphire, 2.0 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1940 item #889496
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An extremely rare pair of period Art Deco 18K gold cufflinks by Cartier in the "Trinity" pattern. This is the same pattern now more frequently called the "rolling ring". The design is made up of white, yellow and rose gold bands that seem to intertwine. The cufflinks have a hinged closure that's invisible when they're being worn. Although the "Trinity" design is still one of Cartier's most popular designs, the line was created in the 1920's and the cufflinks haven't been in production since the early years. Each is marked with the French "tete d'aigle" hallmark for 18K gold, Cartier's maker's mark and Paris signature, and a serial number. The interior of one link has a minutely engraved monogram "FM" and the year " '30".

Origin: Paris, ca. 1930. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1" diameter; 9/32" wide. Weight: 18.8 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1950 item #904085
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An elegant pair of Retro 14K yellow gold earclips by Tiffany & Co. The earrings are fashioned as a fold of pleated gold, each with a single 5-mm cultured pearl in the center. The pearls are of fine quality, with cream body color and pronounced rose overtone. The original clips are the patented adjustable style often seen on Tiffany earrings from the 1940s and 50s. The backs are marked “Tiffany & Co.” and “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1945. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1” x 11/16”. Weight: 9.1 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #904089
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Vintage 18K yellow gold brooch designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. The “Scribble” design (sometimes called “Graffiti” or “Squiggle”) is probably the artist’s most famous creation and became one of Tiffany’s most desirable pieces. The pin was available in several sizes, this example being the second largest. The “Scribble” line is no longer in production and examples are getting difficult to find. The back is dated 1983, is marked by Tiffany & Co., and is signed Paloma Picasso. The pin is presented with its Tiffany pouch.

Origin: America, ca. 1983. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2” x 2-5/8”. Weight: 22.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1980 item #904108
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A very good pair of 18K yellow gold cufflinks by Alfred Dunhill. The faces resemble branches of coral. Dunhill produces the vast majority of its cufflinks in sterling silver and the 18K gold versions are very rare. The coral design, in general, is hard to find because it was made for only a short time around 2005. The cufflinks are constructed with the connector set off-center, so the link lies flat against the cuff. The toggle back is Dunhill’s classic small toggle with the company’s insignia. The connectors are fully stamped with English convention hallmarks for 18K and with the maker’s mark for Dunhill.

Origin: England, ca. 2005. Condition: excellent. Size: 1-1/4” x 3/4". Weight: 17.6 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #904427
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Vintage 18K yellow gold omega- and post-back earrings designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. The “Scribble” design (sometimes called “Graffiti” or “Squiggle”) is probably the artist’s most famous creation and became one of Tiffany’s most desirable pieces. The “Scribble” line is no longer in production and examples are getting difficult to find. The earrings were made in several sizes, these being the largest. The backs are marked by Tiffany & Co. and are signed by Paloma Picasso. The earrings have the original posts with omega backs, but could be converted to clips without damaging the signatures. The earrings are presented in their Tiffany pouch.

Origin: America, ca. 1983. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-5/8” x 1-3/16”. Weight: 18.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1980 item #906451
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Very handsome 18K yellow gold and steel cable cufflinks by one of the most important high-end contemporary jewelry designers, Philippe Charriol. Charriol rose to prominence working for Cartier before starting his own boutique in 1983. The “Celtic” line was Charriol’s first design, and the he updates it every few years. These cufflinks are a newer variation of the original “Celtic” design (the front faces of the original design had two steel cables separated by a gold bar, while this pair has one cable flanked on either side by a gold bar). The toggle backs allow the cufflinks to be inserted and worn comfortably. The connectors are stamped with Charriol’s hallmark and are marked “750” for 18K.

Origin: Switzerland, ca 2000. Condition: excellent. Size: front faces, 3/4" x 5/16”. Weight: 10.6 grams.