Aug. 6th, 2012

Jewelry Auction Will Feature Designs by Late Artists

Photo Courtesy of Bonhams
Here's some fashion news that antique jewelry fans will love to hear— an October 1 auction in Los Angeles will feature about 20 pieces of exquisite jewelry by six different designers. The pieces are described as “wearable miniature sculptures,” created by late jewelers who appreciated modernist architecture and design. This group of jewelry is part of the 20th Century Decorative Arts at Bonhams Auction.

Stunning brooches, necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets and cuffs will be available for prices estimated between $600 and $8,000. These unique pieces help transform the idea of jewelry being just adornments for the body to them becoming wearable art, as they celebrate form, function, and light.

Jason Stein, the associate director of 20th Century Decorative Arts at Bonhams, said that the company has noticed a growing trend in statement jewelry after featuring the famed “Talismans of Power” necklaces by Tony Duquette at a similar auction in 2011. The designers featured in this upcoming auction were masters at this type of jewelry in their time. Designers include renowned artists Claire Falkenstein, Margaret De Patta, Georg Jensen, Claude Lalanne, Peter Macchiarini and Line Vautrin.

The preview will be held September 28-30, and the actual auction will occur October 1 in Los Angeles.

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