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Bonhams Auctioneers Valuation Days

Media Release: February 22, 2012 in Arts |

Bonhams Auctioneers to hold Interstate Valuation Days for Fine Jewellery & Watches
Gold Coast February 21
Brisbane February 22–24
Perth February 27–28
Adelaide March 5–6
Melbourne March 14–16
Sydney by appointment

decco silver diamond ringRepresentatives of Australia’s only International Auction House Bonhams, will search Australia in February and March for Fine Jewellery & Watches to include in auctions in Sydney, London, New York and Hong Kong.

Bonhams sell antique, period and modern jewellery, including signed pieces by Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels and Andrew Grima as well as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, precious gemstones and natural pearls.

With appraisal days at the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, the general public are invited to bring along items for a confidential auction appraisal at no charge.

Bonhams, one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, and with sale rooms around the world can place items in the most appropriate market.

The jewellery market is international. says Patti Sedgwick, Head of Jewellery for Bonhams Australia. High quality jewels remain buoyant commodities in challenging economic times. 2011 saw increased interest, and competitive prices paid, for signed jewellery, untreated gemstones, large diamonds and natural pearls, both locally and internationally.

In September 2011 Bonhams’ Jewellery Department sold a vivid blue diamond ring by Bulgari for £1.98 million. This was the most expensive jewel sold at auction in the UK last year and confirmed Bonhams’ dominance of the UK jewellery market.

Already listed for the May sale are two unique items offered by a private consigner. One an important French Art Deco solitaire diamond ring by Georges Lenfant set with a central old European cut diamond of known weight 4.87 carats.

The platinum mount is beautifully made, circa 1930 and stamped with the workshop mark of renowned French workmaster Georges Lenfant. Lenfant supplied fine jewels to some of the most important French jewellery houses of the 20th century including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Lacloche Freres.

We were very excited to discover such a significant piece of early 20th Century French jewellery in the inner Western suburbs of Sydney. It is a testament to the fact that the post-war immigration of Europeans and other foreign nationals into Australia brought with it the entry of various portable means of wealth including jewellery, many of which are yet to be identified for their importance.

Bonhams hold two major series of auctions each year in Spring and Autumn in Sydney, which includes sales of Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts, Australian Fine Art, Aboriginal Art, Fine Jewellery and Watches and Motorcars

Specialists Patti Sedgwick Fine Jewellery & Watches Arts and, Litsa Veldekis Australian Art, & James Hendy Fine Furniture & Decorative Art & Asian Art are hoping to unearth a similar treasure on the tour.

Visit Bonham’s website.

Valuation Days

  • Gold Coast February 21 Sofitel Hotel, Broadbeach
  • Brisbane February 22–24 Sofitel Hotel
  • Perth February 27–28 Perth Galleries, North Fremantle
  • Adelaide March 5–6 Sofitel Hotel
  • Melbourne March 14–16 Hotel Lindrum
  • Sydney by appointment at Bonhams in Paddington

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