Sale of Important Jewelry on April 27, 2017 Tops $4 Million
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 April 27, 2017 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. Also attracting attention were high-carat-weight diamond and colored stone rings, as well as fine watches, gentlemen’s accessories and objets de vertu.
The Collection of a Pratt Family Lady
Highlighting the sale was a exquisite circa 1930 sapphire and diamond ring from the Collection of a Pratt Family Lady. Centering a Burma cushion-shaped sapphire of approx. 14.92 carats, the ring was the subject of intense competition that sent the price to an exceptional $275,000, doubling its estimate of $100,000-150,000. 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.
The Estate of Aileen Mehle
A special section of the sale was devoted to jewelry from 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 collection of jewelry reflects her exquisite taste, her vibrant personality, and her fondness for bold, colorful pieces by such designers as David Webb and Andrew Clunn. These were the pieces that she wore to glamorous events around the world during her remarkable life. Her collection is as unique as the charming, beautiful, and intelligent woman herself. Read More
With competitive bidding, the sale totaled a strong $4,096,970 against an estimate of $2,917,300-4,201,800 with a robust 82% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
All prices include the Buyer’s Premium.
We Invite You to Auction!
Consignments are currently being accepted for the June 20 Fine Jewelry auction in New York and the Fall 2017 Fine Jewelry auction in 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.
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