Sotheby’s to auction Eunice Gardiner Jewelry plus a Very Rare Art Deco Carved Emerald Brooch by Cartier
By Shannon Donnelly
Palm BeachDaily News Society Editor
Updated: 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012
Posted: 6:25 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012
The late Eunice Gardiner was a Titian-haired, porcelain-skinned London model with a swanlike neck, perfect for showing off the jewelry that was later given to her by her second husband, Robert David Lion Gardiner.
He — as he was quick to point out to everybody, whether they wanted to hear it or not — was a descendent of Lion Gardiner, who, in 1639, did a favor for the King of England and became the owner of Gardiner’s Island, which remains in the hands of Lion Gardiner’s descendants today.
He also had an eye for good jewelry, which Eunice wore well.
On April 18, jewelry from the estate of Eunice Gardiner will go on the block at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale inNew York. The collection is estimated at more than $2 million, and comprises 47 items ranging from antique pieces to modern designs.
Highlighting the collection is a platinum, sapphire and diamond pendant-necklace, circa 1925 by Lacloche Freres. The pendant, an emerald-cut Burmese sapphire weighing 29.50 carats on a necklace set with more than 30 carats of diamonds, is expected to bring between $150,000 and $200,000.
And that’s the Three-Days-After-Tax-Day price.
According to the auction house: This spring the New York sale of Magnificent Jewels is distinguished by the many beautiful, fresh-to-the-market signed jewels from prominent Estate collections. FromDallas philanthropist Nancy B. Hamon to Valerie Pascal Delacorte, benefactor of theNortonMuseum of Art, the collections offered in the April sale reflect the style and taste of accomplished women who loved to wear their jewelry. Leading the Estates are the jewels of Eunice Joyce Gardiner, a former model, whose interests ranged from exquisite antique and Art Deco pieces to the bold designs of David Webb. Collectors of period jewels will find a remarkable group of Jewels from a New York Estate representing two centuries of jewelry history including pieces from Mauboussin, Boucheron and Sterlé.
This sale also provides an in-depth look at many of the best jewelry designers of the 20th century. The cover lot, an extraordinary brooch conceived by Cartier in 1920, features a beautiful Mughal carved emerald elegantly framed by calibré-cut sapphires and emeralds. This jewel exemplifies Cartier’s unsurpassed talent for merging Eastern exoticism with avante garde design during the Art Deco period. The signature styles of Suzanne Belperron, Flato and Verdura are also well represented in the sale, as are the bold, architectural jewels of the Art Moderne movement.
For the gemstone connoisseur, the sale offers a superb selection of important diamonds, gem-quality colored stones and natural pearls. Highlights include a 20-carat sugarloaf cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring mounted by Cartier, a Fancy Blue diamond ring in a turn-of-the-century Tiffany & Co. setting, and a 13-carat Cartier Colombian emerald ring, as well as an impressive 23-carat Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring. The core of the sale is formed by an extensive selection of white diamonds, from charming antique cuts to more contemporary shapes in sizes of up to 30 carats.
Read additional information on lots 53-62 from the Estate of Valerie Pascal Delacorte
Read additional information on lots 95-99, Paul Flato: Hollywood Years
Read additional information on lots 100-102, Paul Flato inMexico
Read additional information on lot 211, from the Collection of Mrs. Georges Lurcy
Read additional information on lots 266-270, Jewels from Jean Després
Read additional information on lots 276-281, Jewels from Suzanne Belperron
Read additional information on lots 282-284, Signature Vedura Brooches
Read additional information on lots 287-333, Property from the Estate of Eunice Joyce Gardiner
Read additional information on lots 355-373, Property from the Estate of a Distinguished New York Collector
Read additional information on lots 397-420, Property from the Estate of Nancy Blackburn Hamon
Read additional information on lot 428, A Very Rare Art Deco Carved Emerald Brooch by Cartier