Thanks to the newest addition to the Grogan and Company staff, Lucy Grogan, Fine Jewelry is set to take center stage at their upcoming two day fall auction to be held over Columbus Day weekend, October 13th and 14th. The auction, which also includes a large selection of Fine Art, Silver, Furniture, Decorative Works of Art, boasts an impressive selection of rings, brooches, and bracelets from several prominent collections. We are so pleased to have our daughter, Lucy, join us to expand the jewelry department, states Nancy Grogan, Vice President, This is the largest assemblage of jewelry that Grogan and Company has put on the block in our twenty-five year history.
One of the cornerstones of Sundays session is a collection of jewelry descended within the family of 19th century New York socialite, Adelaide Downey Hastings. Hastings was the daughter of John Downey, master builder for the Astors. Highlights include a Platinum, Diamond, and Sapphire Bracelet, bearing an $8,000-12,000 pre-sale estimate, and a Black Starr & Frost Platinum, Diamond and Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring, estimated to bring $10,000-15,000. An 18K Yellow and White Gold and Diamond Brooch from the collection of turn of the century Chicago socialite, Mrs. Everts Wrenn, is expected to fetch $10,000-15,000; while Mrs. Wrenns 14K Yellow and White Gold, Sapphire, and Diamond Ring is estimated at $2,000-4,000.
An Italian 18K Rose Gold and Micromosaic Bracelet from the latter part of the 19th century, features seven graduated panels depicting classical architecture. The bracelet, estimated at $2,000-3,000, is attributed to the Vatican School of Mosaics via a letter written by the famed micro mosaic collector Sir Arthur Gilbert. Sir Arthur and Rosamund Gilberts collection of mosaics and objets de vertu is world renowned. Gilbert, who was one of the foremost authorities on Italian mosaics, coined the term micro mosaic. A Frank Patania Silver, Turqouise, and Red Coral Necklace, estimated at $800-1,200, is generating significant presale interest; as is a Cartier 18K Yellow Gold Open Face Minute Repeater Pocket Watch, estimated at $3,0000-4,000.
The auction will begin on Sunday at 12:00 noon with a selection of over 130 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture, including works by John Leslie Breck, Alexander Calder, August Rodin, André LHote, Bernard Buffet and Claude Venard.
A selection of fine silver will follow the jewelry and finish Sundays session. Highlights include a rare Georg Jensen Silver Swan Bonbonniere designed by Johan Rohde, estimated at $1,500-2,500; An S. Kirk & Son Silver Presentation Ewer estimated at $3,000-5,000; and an extensive assemblage of Gorham flatware in the Versaille pattern estimated at $6,000-10,000.
Mondays auction of Furniture, Decorative Work of Art, and Oriental Rugs features a circa 1790 Aaron Willard Mahogany Tall Case Clock from a prominent Nantucket family, as well as a collection of fine furniture featuring a Louis XVI Fruitwood Ormolu Mounted Marble Top Table a Nuit with Coromandel Panels, stamped P.A. Foullet, estimated at $3,000-5,000.
The sale will be conducted in two sessions with the Fine Art, Jewelry, and Silver to be sold on Sunday, October 13th and Furniture, Decorative Works of Art, and Oriental Rugs to be sold on Monday, October 14th. Both sessions begin at 12 noon. Exhibition hours begin Thursday, October 10th. Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m. 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. 6 p.m., Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. 12 noon. For a fully illustrated catalogue or more information about Grogan and Company's auction and appraisal services, please visit www.groganco.com
or call 781.461.9500.