7th April 2022, 9:30am
We are delighted to be offering a private collection of 100 early 19th century intaglios, 98 of which are from the collection of Prince Stanislas Poniatowski. Typically the majority of the glyptics are carnelian but also include sardonyx, amethyst and chalcedony examples. The collection was purchased from Collingwood in 1973 who compiled a catalogue detailing each gem and commissioned electrotypes for every one. It is the largest collection of ‘Poniatowski’s’ to be sold since the mid 19th century. The 100 intaglios will be offered together as lot 528.
Also included in the auction, Lot 501 is a magnificent diamond 'cluster' necklace by Harry Winston. Created in the 1940's, the original cluster motif was inspired by the lush greenery of a holly wreath at Harry Winston's Scarsdale estate. With its quintessentially sculptural form designed to capture light from all directions, the 'Winston Cluster' has evolved as the House's iconic signature style.
Other items featured in the sale are a Cartier gold zodiac pendant, a Chaumet Art Deco brooch, a pair of diamond scroll earrings by René Boivin (with no reserve), and a selection of diamond rings, coloured stones and glyptics.
Online bidding will not be available for lot 501. If you wish to bid on this lot you will need to register a telephone bid or bid in person and provide proof of your address and provide photographic ID.
You may be asked to pay a deposit of £20,000.
Any deposit must be paid by debit card or bank transfer. Woolley and Wallis must have cleared funds no later than 12 noon on Wednesday 6th April.
If you are not successful you will be refunded (without interest) within seven working days.
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Tuesday 5th April - 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 6th April - 10:00 - 16:00
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It is common practice for coloured stones including jade to be treated to enhance their appearance. This includes jade that has been bleached (usually in acid), polymer/resin filled or dyed, or a combination of any of these treatments.
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