The 500 year-old Elephant Bird egg is amongst the highlights of an upcoming Summers Place Auctions sale.
Tony Duquette Jewels of Enchantment at Bonhams
The sale will feature 80 unique lots from the visionary designer and artist. This will be the largest collection of Duquette works to be offered at auction.
Precious materials and intricate design meet in each and every one of these singular items, which encourage admiration not just as magnificent jewellery but also from a whole spectrum of artistic, fashion and design led interests.
The success of Duquette items at Bonhams 2011 Talismans of Power auction heralds great things for Jewels of Enchantment results.
Duquette’s devotion to naturally beautiful materials sees the auction studded with abalone, coral, pearl, and malachite.
Pictured is a coral, fire opal, cultured pearl and diamond necklace, arranged as a wreath of carved coral skulls with branches of coral, nestled pearls, fire opal, diamonds and gold insects. This stunning statement piece, described as a ‘memento mori’, or, ‘remember your mortality’, has been valued at $45,000-$65,000. A large matching coral skull brooch is also offered, valued at $20,000-$30,000.
Further highlights include an abalone shell and South Sea cultured pearl necklace, valued at $14,000-$18,000, a moonstone and gem-set necklace of floral clusters and ruby leaves with green tourmaline detail valued at $16,000-$18,000, and a multi-coloured bib necklace of sapphires valued at $35,000-$45,000.
A bicolour tourmaline and moonstone necklace is set to fetch $18,000-$25,000, and a 55-carat aquamarine within a mount of pave-set diamond prongs $12,000-$18,000.
The brooches, earrings, brooches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, cufflinks and earclips are all demonstrative of Duquette’s remarkable eye for vibrant colour and intriguing shape. Jewellery and art collectors alike will flock to this sparkling auction to acquire one of these works of art.
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