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Important Jewelry

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 10am EDT |
New York
2017-04-27 10:00:00 2017-04-27 18:00:00 America/New_York Important Jewelry Featuring Jewelry from the Estate of Aileen Mehle and the Collection of a Pratt Family Lady. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle
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Featuring Jewelry from the Estate of Aileen Mehle and the Collection of a Pratt Family Lady

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Tue, Apr 25
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  • Sale of Important Jewelry on April 27, 2017 at 10am
  • Featuring Jewelry from the Collection of a Pratt Family Lady and the Collection of Anne R. Lichtblau
  • Jewelry from the Estate of Aileen Mehle, Known to Her Fans Worldwide as the Society Columnist Suzy

Doyle’s auction of Important Jewelry on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10am showcases dazzling jewelry by the world’s most prestigious makers, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co., with offerings spanning the Antique, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modern eras. Certain to attract attention is a selection of high-carat-weight diamond jewelry, as well as pieces set with colored gemstones and natural pearls, fine watches, gentlemen’s accessories and objets de vertu.

The Collection of a Pratt Family Lady (Lots 371-374)

Doyle is honored to auction jewelry from the Collection of a Pratt Family Lady. The Collection is highlighted by an exquisite circa 1930 sapphire and diamond ring centering a Burma cushion-shaped sapphire of approx. 14.92 carats. The Collection has a distinguished provenance: the Pratt family rose to prominence in American industry and society during the fabled Gilded Age.

Charles Pratt (1830-1891) was an early pioneer in the American oil industry. Initially focusing on whale oil, he turned to petroleum and established a kerosene refinery, Astral Oil Works, in Brooklyn. Recruiting Henry Roger, he formed Charles Pratt and Company, and in 1874 they merged with John D. Rockefeller’s petroleum interests to create Standard Oil. In 1887, Charles Pratt used part of his considerable fortune to establish Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, one of the nation’s most distinguished universities focusing on arts and design. Charles’ son Herbert Lee Pratt (1871-1945) inherited his father’s penchant for business and was also a prominent figure in the petroleum industry, becoming head of Standard Oil in 1923. A generous philanthropist like his father and an avid art collector, he divided his time between his home on New York’s Park Avenue and three country estates: The Braes on Long Island’s North Shore (now the Webb Institute); Good Hope Plantation, a hunting retreat in South Carolina; and Pine Tree Point, an Adirondacks “camp”purchased from Frederick William Vanderbilt.

Jewelry in the collection reflects the refined taste of the Pratt ladies. They offer a glimpse into the world of the glamorous events attended by America’s elite. The Collection of a Pratt Family Lady comprises lots 371 through 374.

The Estate of Aileen Mehle (Lots 323-370)

Doyle is honored to auction the Estate of Aileen Mehle (1918-2016), known to her fans worldwide as the society columnist Suzy. During a career spanning over fifty years, Aileen Mehle lived a life as glamorous and exciting as any of the society figures, film stars, and celebrities whose lives she chronicled in her columns. Her extraordinary collection of glamorous jewelry will be offered as a special section of the April 27 sale comprising lots 323 through 370.  Read More

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  • Estate of a New York Collector
  • Estate of Carol Mercer
  • Estate of Harry Oppenheimer
  • Property from a Pennsylvania Collection
  • Property of a European Collector
  • Property of a Lady
  • Property of a Pennsylvania Collector
  • Property of a Private Collector, Long Island
  • Property of a Southern Lady
  • The Anne R. Lichtblau Collection
  • The Collection of a Pratt Family Lady
  • The Collection of Cecilia and Willem Schupf
  • The Estate of Aileen Mehle

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