Past Auction

Jewelry from the Estate of Barbara Wainscott

Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Offered with Important Jewelry on October 16, 2018


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  • Auction of Jewelry from the Estate of Barbara Wainscott on October 16, 2018
  • Offered with Important Jewelry on October 16, 2018

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle was honored to auction Jewelry from the Estate of Barbara Wainscott (1947-2018) as a highlight of the Important Jewelry sale on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10am. Educated, cultured and an expert on international protocol, Barbara counted presidents, prominent figures of society and commerce, and members of the British Royal family among her circle of friends. While Palm Beach and New York were her homes, she was also a familiar face at the White House, Newport, Royal Ascot, the French Open and NFL Super Bowls. In her 20s, Barbara launched a successful lifelong career in protocol, public service and philanthropy, which included positions with the Nixon White House and the Bicentennial Commission, as well as later work with Prince Philip’s charities and The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation. She bred horses with Britain’s Highclere racing group, and with her late husband, attorney David Berger, was a founding member of The Royal Ascot Racing Club.

Barbara’s sophisticated eye for beauty and quality is evident in her exceptional collection of jewelry to be offered on October 16. Highlighting the collection was a Fancy Yellow diamond ring, 22.96 carats, VVS2 clarity that achieved $384,500, well over its estimate of $200,000-300,000 estimate. A ring set with a Ceylon sapphire, 46.31 carats, fetched $150,000, also surpassing its estimate of $80,000-120,000.

A gold curb link chain necklace by Bulgari set with eight 15th century coins proved popular at the sale. Competitive bidding drove the necklace to $62,500, many times its estimate of $8,000-12,000.

David Webb’s animal bracelets first appeared in 1957, and their popularity has never waned. An elephant bangle enhanced with a cabochon emerald and diamond crown cleverly wraps his trunk around a pavé-diamond loop estimated at $15,000-20,000 realized $56,250. By Raymond Yard were two rare and whimsical Art Deco brooches designed as charming anthropomorphic poultry: a handsome rooster cocktail waiter and a dainty hen carrying an umbrella, each estimated at $10,000-15,000. The hen sold for $37,500, outperforming the rooster, which sold for $31,250.

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.

Important Jewelry

Doyle's auction of Important Jewelry on October 16, 2018 showcased dazzling jewelry by the world’s most prestigious makers, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co.  Read More


Art, Silver and Furniture from the Estate of Barbara Wainscott will be offered throughout the Fall season.

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