Presenting the Fall Jewelry Auction at John Moran Auctioneers
• Featuring 315 lots of fine antique and vintage jewelry at all price levels
• All property selected from private collections and estates
• A select group of antiques, fine art, and vintage designer clothing and accessories to complement jewelry offerings
Pasadena, CA— The fall season at John Moran Auctioneers is set to sparkle, opening with a major two-session sale of fine jewelry and watches on August 28th. The 315 lots, all selected from private collections and estates, represent the best of the Edwardian, Art Deco, and modern eras, including signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, David Webb, Ruser, Pomellato, Lalaounis, Braun Brothers, Omega, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, and many more. Estimates cover all price points, offering opportunities for collectors at every level.
The popular Art Deco category is especially well represented, led by an opulent platinum bracelet set with 145 single and full-cut round diamonds, graded G-H color, and 110 calibre-cut emeralds (estimate: $6000 – 8000). An Art Deco navette-shaped diamond and platinum ring, circa 1925, centers an old European-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.25 cts, graded G-H color, and is further set with 30 old-cut diamonds and with facet-cut black onyx accents. This stylish piece is also estimated at $6000 – 8000. Estimated at $5500- 7500 is a circa 1920 diamond and platinum bow brooch set with a 1.45 cts old European-cut diamond, and further set with 38 full-cut round and old mine-cut diamonds. From the French firm Lacloche Freres and dating to circa 1925, comes a platinum and diamond dress set estimated at $5000 – 7000. The set comprises a pair of double link cufflinks and three shirt studs, its 42 baguette and 12 single-cut round diamonds totaling 3.50 cts and graded G-H color. Lacloche Freres, founded in Paris in1901 and reaching its zenith in the Art Deco era, and was renowned for selling jewelry and accessories by top designers and workshops. During World War I they bought the London store of Faberge and all of its remaining stock.
A coveted item in the Retro category will be a delectable brooch by Cartier that is modeled as a hand, complete with a ruby-set manicure. The circa 1940 piece is exquisitely made of 18K yellow gold, topped with crescent moon and stars set with 38 rose and old European-cut diamonds and 3 simulated emeralds (estimate: $2000 – 3000).
Another whimsical lot is a set of two French diamond and gem-set bird brooches , dating from circa 1960, made of 18K yellow and white gold. One is set with a cabochon ruby body, 4 round sapphires, 7 round rubies and 25 full-cut round diamonds; the other bird is set with a cabochon emerald body, 17 round rubies, and 13 round diamonds. Bidding on this lovely pair is expected to fly to $3000 – 5000.
The top lot in the sale by value is a platinum ring set with a 3.23 cts rectangular-cut diamond, accompanied by a GIA report stating G color (estimate: $30,000 – 40,000.
Leading the parade of desirable watches is a Swiss Vacheron Constantin gentleman's wristwatch, of 18K yellow gold, with an open work, skeleton movement, the watch face and case both set with pave diamonds (estimate: $20,000 – 40,000).
Other high points of the jewelry selection include:
• A diamond and platinum bracelet centering 2 pear-shaped diamonds totaling approximately 2.05 cts, and graded G-H color and VS clarity, further set with 4 pear, 8 marquise, 12 round and 132 baguette-cut diamonds totaling approximately 6.60 cts, and graded G-H color and VS clarity (estimate: $10,000 – 15,000)
• An 18K yellow gold and diamond evening clutch, by Asprey, London (estimate: $5000 – 7000)
In addition to jewelry, Moran’s August 28 auction will offer a small but distinguished group of vintage designer clothing and accessories, and antiques and decorative arts items, including bronze sculptures, silver, furniture, and porcelain. Two charming antique lots nicely complement the jewelry offerings: jewelry boxes modeled as miniature furniture, one as a Louis XV style marquetry commode with gilt metal mounts, the other as a Louis XVI style table vitrine, both exquisitely crafted. The silver includes a set of Georg Jensen flatware, and a set of very heavy, hand-hammered sterling plates made by John O. Bellis in the Arts and Crafts ‘’Fourteenth Century Style’’ popularized by San Francisco, California company Shreve and Co.
Fine art will also be up for sale, with thirty European, British and American paintings and prints by listed artists, with some remarkable values ranging in price from $200 up.
A fully illustrated catalogue with condition reports will be available at www.johnmoran.com 2-3 weeks prior to the sale date. Updated highlights are viewable at www.johnmoran.com. Private previews are available by appointment. All of Moran’s sales are conducted at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, CA. Bidding is available from the floor and via absentee, telephone or online through Artfact.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. The sale will begin at 3:00 pm PST on August 28th.
Consignments are accepted throughout the year for Moran’s Antiques and Decorative Arts Auctions, their jewelry sales, and for their American and European Fine Art Auction. Please contact Moran’s offices at 626-793-1833 or
for more information about the May 8th sale or any of their other upcoming events.