A remarkable single owner collection of exquisite antique jewellery, purchased from Wartski's of Llandudno in from the 1940s to the 1960s is set to sell at Peter Wilson’s November 20th Fine Art Auction. Wartski’s is a name that is synonymous with fine jewellery. As an antique jewellery specialist, Wartski's have hosted many exhibitions, displays and publications on antique jewellery ranging from Fabergé, Guiliano, Castellani and countless other famous historical jewellers.
Now situated in Bond Street, Wartski’s was founded in Wales, with their first shop opening in Bangor in 1865. The Llandudno branch of Wartski’s was later opened in 1907. This branch was particularly loved by the Wartski family, so much so that when the firm opened up in New Bond Street in 1911, the branch was named Wartski of Llandudno. Wartski’s have long been under Royal patronage, with one of their most recent commissions making Kate Middleton’s wedding ring in 2011 from a piece of Welsh gold given by Queen Elizabeth II.
All of the pieces are accompanied by their original invoices, detailing the date, description and price of each item at the time of purchase. Most of the collection are also accompanied by original fitted cases, adding to this unique and fascinating provenance. The collection was acquired by our vendor’s Grandfathers Brother between 1943 and 1956, lovingly worn and kept in fantastic condition before appearing in our November Fine Art Auction.
Jewellery Specialist Liz Bailey noted: “As soon as I saw the first piece from this collection, I knew that it was truly special. To have all the paperwork and boxes together with the items, from such a well-renowned and respected jewellery giant still in existence on Bond Street only adds to the quality and prestige of these items.”
Encompassed within the collection is something to suit every taste, from a breathtaking Art Nouveau opal and diamond brooch with a stunning sinuous floral design, to a pair of resplendent Burmese pink sapphire and diamond cluster earrings, all the way to a mid 20th Century amethyst and diamond necklace.
Lot 95: An Art Nouveau opal and diamond brooch retailed by Wartski, accompanied by fitted case and original purchase receipt from Wartski's of Llandudno dated 1951.
Lot 121: A pair of Burmese pink sapphire and diamond earrings retailed by Wartski, accompanied by Wartski fitted case and original purchase receipt dated 1956, as well as a certificate from GCS stating that the rubies are Burmese, with no evidence of heat treatment.
Lot 142: An amethyst and diamond pendant necklace retailed by Wartski, accompanied by original purchase receipt from Wartski's of Llandudno dated 1949.
There are a further seven items in the collection, including diamond and gemstone rings, brooches, and pendants, each piece with its own unique provenance and wonderful design. A fantastic chance to own a piece of jewellery retailed by the UK's leading antique jewellery retailers, acquired from a single-owner home, we expect there to be a great deal of interest in this one of a kind collection.
In the silver section, our sale boasts a fantastic silver tazza, also purchased from Wartski’s of Llandudno and accompanied by its original receipt. With hallmarks for John Hall & Co., Glasgow, 1912, this imposing piece would make a wonderful centrepiece for a dining table, particularly with Christmas just around the corner.
Lot 25: An early 20th Century silver tazza, hallmarks for John Hall & Co., Glasgow, 1912.
For further information on this fantastic collection, or any of the other pieces in our sale, contact Liz Bailey MA FGA DGA on firstname.lastname@example.org
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