Bonhams announce March Salon Jewelry auction In San Francisco

. February 6, 2012 . 0 Comments

Bonhamspresents its quarterly Salon Jewelry & Watches auction on March 26 in San Francisco, featuring an impressive selection of rings, bracelets and accessories.

One of the auction’s star lots will be a Cartier, French, cultured pearl and emerald “Panthère” bracelet, composed of five strands of cultured pearls, measuring approx. 3.9 to 3.5mm, signed Cartier and mounted in blackened silver and eighteen karat gold (est. $1,000-$1,500).

A sapphire and diamond three-stone ring mounted in eighteen karat gold also stands out in the sale with its 1.60 circular-cut carat sapphire centered between two old mine-cut diamonds, weighing approx. 1.20 and 1.10 carats each (pre-sale est. $6,000-$8,000).

Also highlighted in the auction will be a David Webb, 1.25 carat diamond pavé-set ring, mounted in platinum and eighteen karat gold and signed Webb (pre-sale est. $4,000-$6,000); an art deco diamond, emerald and platinum ring (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an opal diamond ring (est. $3,000-$5,000).

Deborah Boskin, Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams, says of the auction, “Coming off 2011, which was one of our strongest jewelry sale years in history, we are excited to begin 2012 with our spring auction. The wide array of signed, period and contemporary jewelry holds something for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts alike.”

Also at Bonhams, leading up to the Salon Jewelry sale, will be the Period Art & Design auction, March 25-26 in San Francisco, featuring jewelry, pens and writing instruments, photographs and ethnographic art, in addition to its always anticipated selection of fine art, furniture, decorative arts and rugs.

Jewelry highlights from the Period Art & Design auction will include a pair of diamond and yellow-plated eighteen karat white gold hoop earrings (est. $1,200-$1,500) and a diamond and emerald swan brooch (est. $800-$1,000).

Additional highlights will include a Tabriz carpet, circa 1920, from Northwest Persia, measuring approx. 8ft. 11in. x 13ft. 2in. (est. $2,500-$3,500); a Gothic style Aubusson tapestry from the fourth quarter of the 19th century, worked in autumnal shades, depicting maidens and guards under banners surrounded by exuberant flowering vines (est. $2,000-$3,000); a George III, inlaid mahogany knife box from the fourth quarter of the 18th century (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a pietra dura mounted ebonized rosewood jewelry box, circa 1900 (est. $1,000-$1,500).

Among the notable furniture on offer will be a mid-18th century, German Rococo walnut chest of drawers (est. $3,000-$5,000); a Louis XV, gilt metal mounted rosewood and parquetry writing table from the fourth quarter of the 19th century (est. $3,000-$4,000); a George III, mahogany architect’s desk from the last quarter of the 18th century (est. $2,000-$3,000); and an assembled set of five, mid-19th century, Anglo Indian ebonized armchairs in the Regency taste (est. $1,800-$2,200).

The illustrated catalogues for both sales will be available online in the weeks preceding them, for review and purchase at

Salon Jewelry & Watches auction preview: March 23-25
San Francisco Salon Jewelry & Watches auction: March 26
San Francisco Period Art & Design auction preview: March 23-25
San Francisco Period Art & Design auction: March 25-26, San Francisco

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