Saffronart to auction earrings of
Mila Kunis on 28 - 29 October 2015
Viewings by appointment until 29 October 2015
After the most successful sale, globally, of Modern and Contemporary Indian art this year, Saffronart turns its focus to exquisite jewels and silver in its upcoming sale.
Its Online Auction of Fine Jewels and Silver will be held on 28 – 29 October 2015, and features a collection of 84 lots. The sale features ornaments set with natural pearls, jewels set with Mozambique and Burmese rubies, emeralds, spinels, tourmaline, and sapphires, and several pieces with important provenances dating back centuries, embodying crafting and enamelling techniques that have either been lost or are rare to come by.
Leading the sale is an Important Diamond Necklace (Lot 56) which is estimated at Rs. 2,75,00,000 - 3,50,00,000 ($423,080 - 538,465). Its design echoes that of the famous Festoon Necklace worn by Queen Elizabeth II. The necklace has been designed as three flexible rows of gently graduated rose-cut diamonds, joined by two similarly designed links of peacock motifs, set with modified pear-shaped diamonds, with a total diamond weight of 302.64 carats, mounted in white gold.
Another highlight of the sale is a Five Strand Natural Pearl Necklace weighing approximately 551.99 carats in total, joined by a diamond-set clasp. Made entirely of natural pearls, the necklace is estimated to sell anywhere between Rs. 1,90,00,000 - 2,30,00,000 ($292,310 - 353,850).
An important period polki diamond and ruby enamelled kada features the now diminishing art of Benarasi meenakari. Estimated at Rs. 6, 50,000 - 8,50,000 ($10,000 - 13,080), the kada showcases the famous Benarasi pink enamel, seen in subtle gradations of pink, of which very few known examples now survive.
One of the lots expected to attract a lot of interest is a stunning pair of Gemfields’ Mozambican Natural Ruby Earrings worn by Hollywood actress Mila Kunis at a Burberry event at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles earlier this April. The rubies are natural, untreated, and ethically mined from Montepuez, Mozambique.
Estimated at Rs. 15,50,000 - 17,50,000 ($23,850 - 26,925), the earrings have been designed as a series of gently graduating cushion-shaped rubies, with a total ruby weight of 21.46 carats approximately. The rubies are flanked by full-cut diamonds on either side, with a total diamond weight of 5.36 carats, mounted in rose gold.
The auction also features renowned designer Jasmine Alexander’s ‘A Word to the Wise’ – An Emerald Ring. This one-of-a-kind ring was worn by British actor Lauren Maddox, and is estimated at Rs. 35,10,000 - 44,85,000 ($54,000 - 69,000). 20% of the proceeds from the lots designed by Jasmine Alexander would be directed towards on-the-ground anti-poaching projects in Zambia and Tanzania managed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the proceeds will be donated via Tusk.org, a leading organisation that focuses on initiating and funding conservation, community development and environmental education programmes across Africa.
Minal Vazirani, co-founder, Saffronart said: “This collection offers viewers a window into Indian aesthetic and cultural traditions that were once the hallmark of royal patronage. Several pieces were once in the collections of prominent royal families of India where long standing techniques in fine art and jewellery-making were patronised by the same rulers.
These designs, crafts and ornaments are carefully depicted in painstaking detail in Indian miniature painting, often highlighting a speciality, or gems from that region. As we look at Mughal miniatures, we can see the gulabi meenakari, or pink enamelling, technique that came from Varanasi; or the Pahari miniatures shown in the catalogue which feature natural pearls, emeralds or rubies. This sale also offers a collection of natural pearls, whose scarcity and lustrous beauty has made them among the most desirable gems in the world—for Indian royalty through the ages, as well as some of the most famous icons of western fashion.”
The auction is also offering some important silver pieces along with jewellery. An important four-piece 'Swami' silver tea set which is estimated at Rs. 10,00,000 - 15,00,000 ($15,385 - 23,080) comprises a tea pot, milk pot, sugar bowl and tray depicting scenes from the Ramayana, and cartouches showing Gods and temple gopurams. Also featured are four silver pieces by Oomersi Mawji, and a silver tea set by Cartier.