Fine JewelryWed, Feb 22, 2017 at 10am EST |
Sale of Fine Jewelry on February 22, 2017 at 10am
Featuring Jewelry from the Collection of Mrs. Herman Wouk and the Collection of Anne Lichtblau
Over 700 Lots of Fine Jewelry, Watches and Accessories
Doyle’s auctions in the popular Fine Jewelry category offer a wide array of pieces ranging from antique to contemporary with more moderate estimates than in the Important Jewelry sales. Showcased in the sale on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10am will be glittering creations – including many signed pieces – set with diamonds, colored stones and pearls, as well as gold jewelry, fine watches and gentlemen's accessories. The sale comprises over 700 lots and is highlighted by jewelry from the collections of two remarkable women -- Mrs. Herman Wouk and Anne Lichtblau.
The Collection of Mrs. Herman Wouk
Doyle is honored to auction the jewelry collection of Mrs. Herman Wouk (née Betty Carol Brown) as a special section of the February 22 auction. She was married for sixty-six years to internationally-acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Herman Wouk, whose prominent works include The Caine Mutiny, Marjorie Morningstar, The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, and Inside, Outside.
Born in Grangeville, Idaho, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California and served as a civilian personnel officer with the United States Navy during World War II. She met her future husband while his ship was being overhauled at the San Pedro Navy Yard in California, and they were married less than a week after he returned from the sea at the War’s end. In the following years, the couple lived in New York, the Virgin Islands and Washington, DC, before moving to Palm Springs, California. In 1979, she established the BSW Literary Agency and became her husband’s literary agent until she passed away at the age of 90.
Mrs. Wouk was a lady of discerning taste, and this collection of her jewelry reflects her sense of style and elegance. These were the pieces she wore during her years in Washington, where, in addition to attending several White House dinners, she frequently hosted evenings in her Georgetown home attended by such eminent guests as Yitzhak Rabin, William Safire, Eric Sevareid, Henry Fonda, Herblock and countless others.
The Collection of Mrs. Herman Wouk comprises lots 642 through 666.
The Collection of Anne Lichtblau
Doyle is honored to offer jewelry from the Collection of Anne Lichtblau. Together with her husband, engineer and entrepreneur George Lichtblau, she was a dedicated patron of the arts and generous in her philanthropic activities.
Born Gladysann Simmonds Rahiser in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Anne attended Simmons College in Boston, where she developed her lifelong interest in music and the arts as a member of the Glee Club and the Modern Dance Club, as well as chairman of the Drama Society. While at Simmons, Anne met her future husband, George. George Jay Lichtblau was born in Woodmere, New York, and studied electrical engineering at Princeton University before entering Harvard Business School. A pioneer in the fiber optic industry, George held more than twenty patents in fiber optic technology and established two successful data transmission firms.
The couple devoted themselves to entertaining friends and family and to their philanthropies. George’s generosity included assisting individuals suffering from hearing loss, sometimes underwriting treatment for those in need, often anonymously. Anne focused her generosity and creative energy on the opera program at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York. A gracious hostess with a talent for entertaining, she organized glamorous and memorable fundraising events that surprised and delighted guests.
“Anne was a remarkable and generous woman and great friend to Caramoor. She was a true lady,” said Jeffrey Haydon, CEO, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
Anne had the keen and discerning eye of a true connoisseur. The couple’s New Canaan, Connecticut, home was filled with exotic orchids, and the silk wall coverings in her New York apartment were commissioned in China. Her love of music was evident in her beach front home in Hobe Sound, Florida, where the grand piano was placed so as to have a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Anne’s elegance, sophistication and style are also reflected in her remarkable collection of jewelry, pieces from which will be offered in three auctions this spring. Property from her collection comprises lots 667 thru 726 in the February 22 Fine Jewelry auction, as well as a selection of lots in the February 23 Jewelry auction. Additional jewelry from the collection will be offered in the April 27 sale of Important Jewelry.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for future sales in New York and Beverly Hills. We invite you to contact us for a complimentary auction evaluation of your jewelry and fine watches. Our specialists are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection. For information, please contact:
Ann Lange in New York at 212-427-4141, ext 221 or jewelry@Doyle.com
Nan Summerfield in Beverly Hills at 310-276-6616 or DoyleLA@Doyle.com