Past Auction

Important Jewelry

Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Three Prominent Estates Highlight Important Jewelry Auction

  • Three Prominent Estates Highlight Important Jewelry Auction on April 18, 2016
  • Diamond Rings from the Estate of Fay Dawes Couyoumjan and the Estate of Gloria T. Confort Achieve $281,000 and $269,000, Respectively
  • Sale Tops $4.5 Million Amid Competitive International Bidding

Doyle’s auction of Important Jewelry on April 18, 2016 was highlighted by exquisite jewelry from the estates of three distinguished women of exceptional taste. The sale showcased 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.

The collection of Fay Dawes Couyoumjan (1921-2015) featured a Light Brown Pink square emerald cut diamond ring of 9.87 carats that achieved a stunning $281,000, far surpassing its $100,000-150,000 estimate. New York-born Mrs. Couyoumjan lived in Paris with her Greek husband, Anastase, following the War, before returning to the States and settling in Greenwich, Connecticut. Proceeds from the sale of her jewelry will benefit a variety of local and national charities.

A ring by Gumbiner centering a dazzling F color emerald-cut diamond of 7.80 carats from the collection of Gloria T. Confort (1925-2015) realized  $269,000, well over its estimate of $175,000-225,000. Mrs. Confort’s father, James Slattery, established the Slattery Contracting Company, which built many of New York’s most famous landmarks, including Lincoln Center, the United Nations headquarters, the Seagram Building, the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge and the original World Trade Center. Proceeds from the sale of her collection will benefit Iona College.

From the collection of a daughter of a Nobel Laureate was a geometric gold and diamond Escalier bracelet created by Cartier in 1938. Intense international interest sent the bracelet soaring to $149,000, many times its estimate of $30,000-40,000.

All prices include the buyer’s premium.

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  • Estate of a New York Lady
  • Estate of a Nobel Laureate Family
  • Estate of Fay D. Couyoumjan, Greenwich, CT
  • Estate of Gloria T. Confort
  • Estate of Louise Bookstaver
  • Estate of Marguerite Singer Wilson
  • Estate of Nan Rosenthal and Henry B. Cortesi
  • Estate of Thea Petschek Iervolino
  • Property from the Collection of a Northern California Lady
  • Property of a Descendant of a Founding Hollywood Family
  • Property of a Pennsylvania Collector
  • The Collection of Irving Gold

A Selection of Auction Highlights

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Lot 446

Platinum and Diamond Ring

C Estate of Gloria T. Confort
Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000
Sold for $173,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Lot 367

Platinum and Diamond Ring

C Estate of Gloria T. Confort
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $53,125 (includes buyer's premium)