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    FRENCH CROWN JEWELS ANYONE?

    Thursday, September 10th, 2015
    The Dowager Countess of Harcourt diamond necklace of about 65 carats. (US$1.3-1.9 million).

    The Dowager Countess of Harcourt diamond necklace of about 65 carats. (US$1.3-1.9 million).  UPDATE: TIFFANY PURCHASED THIS FOR US$1,548,718

    The Dowager Viscountess Harcourt diamond necklace incorporating 28 diamonds from the landmark 1887 auction of the French Crown Jewels will come up at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on October 7.  The necklace is accompanied by thorough documentation of its passage through various notable owners over more than a century.  After the Third Republic of France was formed the Ministry of Finance decided to sell the once exclusive property of kings and queens in a public auction in 1887. Jewellers from Europe, North Africa and the United States flocked to the sale, along with European aristocrats and wealthy Americans.  Tiffany was rumoured to have purchased about one third of the lots including 28 mine cut old diamonds from the Great Comb a Pampilles.  They were sold a week later to Junius Morgan of the English banking family. They were passed to his young grand daughter Mary Burns who became Viscountess Harcourt in 1899.  The first Viscount Harcourt had the diamond chains remounted into the present necklace around 1900.  It is estimated at US$1.3-1.9 million.

    The sale offers a selection of superb natural coloured gemstones, diamonds, jadeite and jewels from the most coveted brands worldwide, including iconic designs from Cartier from the 1920s to the present. Among these is a ‘Panther’ ring featuring a 10.62-carat natural Burmese ruby.

    Pride of place goes to the Cowdray Pearls, one of the finest and rarest grey pearl necklaces known (US$4.5 – 7 million).  Formerly in the collection of Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson (1860 – 1932), a distinguished connoisseur and collector, this magnificent necklace strung and mounted by Cartier comprises 42 extremely rare and superb natural grey saltwater pearls well-matched in lustre, shape and size. They are accompanied by a pair of natural grey pearl earrings with mounts by Cartier London.

    The Cowdray Pearls (US$4.5 – 7 million).

    The Cowdray Pearls (US$4.5 – 7 million).  UPDATE: THEY SOLD FOR US$5,266,667

    A 10.62 carat Burmese Mogok ruby, onyx and diamond ring. (|US$2.3-3.2 million).

    A 10.62 carat Burmese Mogok ruby, onyx and diamond ring. (|US$2.3-3.2 million).

    DIAMOND NECKLACE MAKES THREE TIMES ITS LOW ESTIMATE AT ADAMS

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
    The circa 1930’s diamond necklace by Cartier, 47.00 carat total sold for 210,000.

    The circa 1930’s diamond necklace by Cartier, 47.00 carat total sold for 210,000.

    A 1930’s diamond necklace by Cartier with an exotic provenance sold for 210,000 at the James Adams auction of jewellery and watches in Dublin tonight.   That is three times the low estimate of 70,000.  The high estimate was 90,000.

    This diamond single stone ring sold for a hammer price of 40,000.

    This diamond single stone ring sold for a hammer price of 40,000.

    The necklace, composed of two rows of graduated old cushion cut diamonds to the front and 47 carats in total, was by descent from the Cahen d’Anvers family of Champs, France.  The Cahen d’Anvers were a noteworthy and wealthy Jewish banking family in France during the fin-de-siecle.

    A 4.02 carat diamond single stone ring sold for 40,000.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May  14, 2015).