Chess the thing
The so-called ‘Chessman’ brooch, designed as a figure on horseback, is among the signature forms of the American jeweller Seaman Schepps. This example in nephrite, cornelian, citrine and cultured pearls carries an estimate of £4000-6000 at the Chiswick Auctions jewellery sale on November 21.
The festive season of jewellery auctions continues at Dix Noonan Webb’s Mayfair saleroom on November 29.
Lots will include this late 19th century Indian gold and gem set ‘Aigrette’ or turban ornament made for the Western market and later adapted to a brooch/pendant. Modelled as a peacock with wings outstretched – symbol of royalty and power – the piece is set throughout with graduated half seed pearls, mixed-cut rubies and emeralds.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 brought Indian jewellery to the attention of an international public and pieces made for export became a major part of the Indian jewellery trade. This example is estimated at £2000-3000.
Cartier shows changing times
This Cartier citrine and diamond brooch carries an estimate of £10,000-15,000 on the opening day of Stroud Auctions’ December 6-8 sale.
Among a group of pieces entered by a local couple (descendants of the original buyer who was French), it is dated 1938 and epitomises the change from angular Art Deco in the ‘20s and ‘30s to the more graceful nature-inspired designs of the 1940s.