On Tuesday 8 December we have our Fine Jewellery, Silver, Watches and Objects of Vertu auction. A theme in this auction seems to be animals, with stunning designs by some of the major jewellery ateliers such as Cartier. Ahead of the auction, Director of Dreweatts' Jewellery, Silver and Watches Department, James Nicholson picks out some of the highlights.
The sale features a wonderful selection of pieces by Cartier. Highlights include Lot 275, a pair of Ladybird brooches pavé set with brilliant cut diamonds; and Lot 279, a diamond, sapphire, ruby and emerald peacock brooch. The peacock's body and plumage are pavé set with graduated brilliant cut diamonds, and the feathers' eyespots are set with alternating pear shaped cabochon sapphires, rubies and emeralds, and the head features a pear cut emerald eye and diamond accented crest.
Another highlight is Lot 247, a 1940s silver lamb ring by Mosheh Oved. The stylised new-born lamb with its hammered coat and bulbous gold eyes, is inscribed with Hebrew to the base, reading 'Where is the house of my father'.
These rings have become extremely collectable. The lamb ring was the first in a series of lost wax cast zoomorphic rings made by Mosheh Oved (1885-1958) in the 1940s. It was modelled in the basement of Oved's Cameo Corner shop in London during The Blitz in World War II. As he focused on the modelling the ring, Mosheh Ovid was able to steady his trembling hands away from the turmoil of the Battle fo Britain raging in the air above.
Another highlight is Lot 177 this rather charming French early 20th century gold cat pendant, circa 1905. The seated cats designed with a textured coat and wears a platinum coloured collar suspending a seed pearl drop.
Tuesday 8 December | 10.30am
Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE
This is an online auction with auctioneer.
Viewing is strictly by appointment only, in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.
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