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Lot 498: IMPORTANT SEED PEARL AND DIAMOND TIARA, CARTIER, CIRCA 1909

Est: CHF 295,000 - CHF 445,000Sold:
Sotheby'sNovember 11, 2015Geneva, Switzerland

Item Overview

Description

Designed as an open work Greek key band millegrain-set with circular-cut diamonds within an outer border of seed pearls, framing a central detachable old mine-cut diamond, inner circumference approximately 305mm, unsigned, later tiara frame, case stamped Cartier.

Condition Report

Mounted in platinum and gold, unmarked, unsigned. Cushion-shaped central diamond estimated to weigh approximately 3.30 carats, on average F-G colour, VS clarity, as gauged and graded in the mounting. Remaining diamonds weighing approximately 30.00 - 32.00 carats, bright and lively, on average G-I colour, VS clarity, as gauged and graded in the mount. Pearls well matched in colour, with good skin and luster. In overall very good condition. Tiara frame later added. Case stamped Cartier, overall good condition with some minor scuffs to edges commensurate with age and wear.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Please note that colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's. We do not guarantee, and are not responsible for any certificate from a gemological laboratory that may accompany the property. We do not guarantee that watches are in working order. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue, in particular to the Notice regarding the treatment and condition of gemstones and to the Notice regarding import of Burmese jadeite and rubies into the US.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Literature

Cf.: Geoffrey C. Munn, Tiaras, A History of Splendour, London, 1988, pg. 199, plate 184, for an illustration of a Greek Key patterned tiara of similar design.

Cf.: For additional information about the sinking of the RMS Lusitania please refer to "Robert Paterson Lusitania" a web blog account of the final voyage written by a relative of Lady Allan.

Cf.: www.rmslusitania.info

Provenance

Commissioned in 1909 from Cartier Paris by Sir Hugh Montagu Allan for his wife Marguerite Ethel, née Mackenzie, and taken with her on the ill fated final voyage of the RMS Lusitania in 1915. The tiara was with Lady Allan's maids when they were rescued from the shipwreck. Thence by family decent.

 

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Shipping

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Auction Details

Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels

by
Sotheby's
November 11, 2015, 10:00 AM CET

2 rue François-Diday, Geneva, Canton of Geneva, CH-1204, CH

Terms

Live bidding may start higher or lower

Buyer's Premium

CHF1 - 200,000:30.0%
CHF200,001 - 3,000,000:25.0%
CHF3,000,001+:17.0%

Bidding Increments

From:To:Increment:
CHF0CHF999CHF50
CHF1,000CHF1,999CHF100
CHF2,000CHF2,999CHF200
CHF3,000CHF3,199CHF200
CHF3,200CHF3,799CHF300
CHF3,800CHF4,199CHF200
CHF4,200CHF4,799CHF300
CHF4,800CHF4,999CHF200
CHF5,000CHF9,999CHF500
CHF10,000CHF19,999CHF1,000
CHF20,000CHF29,999CHF2,000
CHF30,000CHF31,999CHF2,000
CHF32,000CHF37,999CHF3,000
CHF38,000CHF41,999CHF2,000
CHF42,000CHF47,999CHF3,000
CHF48,000CHF49,999CHF2,000
CHF50,000CHF99,999CHF5,000
CHF100,000CHF199,999CHF10,000
CHF200,000CHF299,999CHF20,000
CHF300,000CHF319,999CHF20,000
CHF320,000CHF379,999CHF30,000
CHF380,000CHF419,999CHF20,000
CHF420,000CHF479,999CHF30,000
CHF480,000CHF499,999CHF20,000
CHF500,000CHF999,999CHF50,000
CHF1,000,000CHF1,999,999CHF100,000
CHF2,000,000CHF2,999,999CHF200,000
CHF3,000,000CHF3,199,999CHF200,000
CHF3,200,000CHF3,799,999CHF300,000
CHF3,800,000CHF4,199,999CHF200,000
CHF4,200,000CHF4,799,999CHF300,000
CHF4,800,000CHF4,999,999CHF200,000
CHF5,000,000CHF9,999,999CHF500,000
CHF10,000,000+CHF1,000,000

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