Skinner Jewelry Auction Nets More Than $2.5 Million

Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette, Cartier, Paris, sold for $174,000.

BOSTON, MASS. — Skinner’s jewelry auction on March 12 brought $2,532,641, more than $500,000 over the sale’s estimate high.

The auction’s cover lot, an early Twentieth Century Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette by Cartier, was the auction’s top selling lot. Smashing its high estimate of $20,000, the clock brought $174,000. The stunning piece features a rotating ball dial with Roman numeral indicators and a rose-cut diamond star to indicate the time, set atop of the “Three Wise Monkeys,” two with rose-cut diamond eyes. Purchased at Cartier, Paris by Mrs Charles B. Alexander, the piece descended to her daughter Mary Alexander Whitehouse and then to her daughter, the consignor.

Diamonds and pearls continue to inspire heated competition. Several of the sale’s highlights outperformed estimates, including a natural pearl necklace, which exceeded a high estimate set at $40,000 to achieve $120,000. Other strong results include a gray natural pearl and diamond pendant, estimated at $30,000, which sold for $78,000, and an emerald intaglio, and Burma sapphire, brooch which sold for $50,400.

A 6.04-carat diamond solitaire brought $49,200, and a colored diamond and diamond pendant with old European-cut colored diamonds weighing 7.20 carats realized $36,000.

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Natural pearl necklace, composed of 62 pearls graduating in size, completed by a white gold clasp, realized $120,000.

A platinum, gray natural pearl and diamond pendant brought $78,000.


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