Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' Sale of Fine Jewellery

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions present the opportunity to sparkle like an Oscar winning starlet with their sale of Fine Jewellery on Wednesday 26th March 2014, to be held at the auctioneers Donnington Priory Saleroom in Newbury, Berkshire. This outstanding sale features an array of divine diamonds, and other stunning stones, to seduce ladies of all tastes.

The show stopping highlight of the sale is unquestionably a single stone diamond ring by the Italian jewellery and luxury goods retailer, Bulgari. A sure fire way to set any lady's heart fluttering, the brilliant cut diamond weighs an astonishing 13.68 carats and is claw set above baguette cut diamond single stone shoulders. Signed by Bulgari it is estimated to achieve £80,000 - 120,000. [Lot 408]

Also from Bulgari, a stunning 1960s sapphire and diamond ring was a gift to the current owner from the famous Italian film maker Mario Monicelli. The Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter Monicelli was dubbed the 'father of Italian comedy' for such films as the 1975 hit Amici Mei (My Friends). He once said; "A comedy that is ironic, sometimes bitter, in some cases even dramatic, tragic: That is what Italian comedy is." The gifted sapphire and diamond Bulgari ring is estimated at £6,000-8,000. [Lot 401]

A 1930s Czechoslovakian Art Deco diamond and gem plaque brooch, from the estate of the British actress, Alexandra Bastedo, a classical Art Deco diamond lozenge centred with a large brilliant cut diamond of around 1.10 carats, in a pierced, almost Belle Epoque, frame. Bastedo or 'La Bastedo' as she was known in Europe was made famous by her role as secret agent Sharon Macready in The Champions, a detective adventure television program which aired in 1968-69. The actress was married to British stage Director, Patrick Garland, part of whose library was disbursed through Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Godalming saleroom on Thursday 13th February 2014.

Stamped with the maker's mark to the pin and brooch frame, and with a total weight of approximately 4.87 carats, the brooch is being sold to raise funds for the upkeep of her animal sanctuary, ABC, and is estimated to sell for £1,500 - 2,000. [Lot 223]

Much of the jewellery in the sale was sourced from private collections and estates across Europe, fresh to the British market, having been consigned through our office in Rome, where we hold regular jewellery valuations. Key jewellery ateliers including Cartier, Pomellato and Bulgari, along with fine period pieces have been discovered on these occasions, including sleek and stylish Italian agate and sapphire bowl by Alfredo Ravasco, circa 1940 - 1965.

The son of a Genoese goldsmith, Ravasco became famous during the 1920s for his exuberant precious stone boxes and objects which encompassed his signature style, a perfect balance of the extravagant and the minimalist. His list of prestigious clients included the Royal House of Savoy, and he is known to have created presentation brooches for the Princess of Piedmont, later Queen Maria José of Italy. He was one of only a few Italian jewellers to have exhibited at the 1925 International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris, and later went on to exhibit in New York in 1928 and Athens in 1931. The bowl is estimated to sell for £1000 - 1500. [Lot 227]

The auction will be held at their Donnington Priory Saleroom in Newbury, Berkshire, with public viewing in the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions London saleroom in the heart of Mayfair, from Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th March. Online bidding with no additional premium will be available via www.dreweatts.com.

Notes

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

Dreweatts - 3rd March 2014