Lot 8, the superbly crafted locket in enamel and 18carat yellow gold, by Harry Emanuel of London and still in its original box, enjoyed strong room and telephone bidding. The piece was in such superb original condition it felt as if it had travelled through time and in a fashion that one could be forgiven for thinking that it had never been handled – the original fitted leather box was just the icing on the cake for the collector at heart!
While elaborate in design, the pale blue enamel detail gave it a light, almost 1920s feel that appealed to younger jewellery hunters and finally it was sold for $6,710 (IBP). It is easy in this very minimalist age to dismiss much antique design but it is good to be reminded that good design can be found in every era. Lot 102 was just such an example; both Victorian and a tiara, its understated Etruscan design set with coral buttons could be worn today with as much relevance as it was worn 150 years ago and sold for $5,612 (IBP).
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