Monday, December 3, 2012

Sotheby's to Auction Jewelry Spanning Four Centuries

On December 11, 2012, Sotheby's Auction house will have the collection of the late Michael Wellby. The collection is called "An Eclectic Eye" and eclectic it certainly is.

The exhibition will be on view in London from 7 - 10 December 2012. The single-owner sale will comprise 211 lots, featuring works of exquisite craftsmanship, ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th Century. Highlights include a late 18th Century diamond corsage ornament (est. £60,000-80,000) and a spectacular late 19th Century wheat sheaf tiara (est. £60,000-80,000).

MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

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 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers.  He was educated at Marborough college and joined his father's business at the age of 18.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, which at the time was unpopular and undervalued. During his long careen, he built up an important private collection of European silver and works of art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.
MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

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It was the wheat sheaf tiara that first caught my attention.  It is equisite:

An attractive diamond wheat sheaf tiara, Second half of 19th Century

Here are some of my other favorites:

Gold, enamel and diamond brooch, Second half of 19th Century

Gold, enamel and diamond bracelet, 1860s

Pair of gem set and diamond bracelets, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s

You can view the entire auction catalog on this page of Sotheby's Website.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the bling!

And for those of you who aren't fortunate enough to attend this fabulous auction to purchase your jewelry, why not have a look at my website Vintage Jewelry Lane to see if something there tickles your fancy?

14 comments:

  1. Because I am unable to attend the auction I will go to your Jewelry site: http://vintagejewelrylane.com/

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  2. What a beautiful collection! I will have to go to your site too.

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  3. so interesting and love the exquistie jewelry...

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  4. Sigh....what can you say....just fabulous..

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  5. Thanks everyone for all your nice comments. It is nice to drool occasionally, isn't it?

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