Stunning serpent slithers into September jewellery sale at Noonans Mayfair

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Stunning serpent slithers into September jewellery sale at Noonans Mayfair
Serpent bracelet, presented in its original case, the articulated body unusually detailed throughout with blue enamel and with an opal, diamond, and ruby set head. Photo: Noonans.



LONDON.- The sale of Jewellery, Watches, and Objects of Vertu at Noonans Mayfair on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 promises to appeal to a broad audience. The Jewellery section includes a range of fine antique pieces. Mid 19th century serpent jewels are ever popular, and this sale includes a stunning example - a serpent bracelet, presented in its original case, the articulated body unusually detailed throughout with blue enamel and with an opal, diamond, and ruby set head. The bracelet was formerly the property of Sir Charles James Napier, (1782-1853), British general and Commander-in-Chief in India, famous for conquering the Sindh province of British India, (now in present-day Pakistan). The vendor of this bracelet is of direct descent, and it is estimated to fetch £3,000-5,000.

According to the note of provenance attached to the underside of the case, Sir Charles Napier had given the bracelet to 'Grandmama Aberdare'. It had then passed down through the family to Alice Bruce, an aunt of the ultimate recipient, who had written the history on this note, as a wedding gift. ‘Grandmama Aberdare’ was Lady Nora Creina Blanche Bruce (1827- 97), second wife of the 1st Baron Aberdare (1815-95), who became Lord President of the Council and Home Secretary under Gladstone, and daughter of Sir William Napier (1785- 1860), the younger brother of Sir Charles. Both brothers fought in the Peninsular War, and both later rose to the rank of General.

While William wrote a definitive history of the Peninsular War, Charles pursued a military career, which included an appointment as Governor of Kefalonia and most famously the conquering of The Sindh Province in India as head of the British Army. Alice Bruce (1867- 1951) was the youngest daughter of the Lord and Lady Aberdare, and granddaughter of Sir William Napier. A celebrated educationalist and administrator, she served as President of Aberdare Hall in Cardiff.

Diamond rings include a 6.54 carat solitaire ring estimated at £12,000-15,000. A rare Arts and Crafts pendant by James Cromer Watt, decorated with butterflies, is estimated at £1,500-2,000 and a late Victorian suite of silver jewels, engraved with enchanting Kate Greenaway scenes, in a fitted case, is expected to reach £1,500-2,000.

Metal detectorist finds feature a late 13th/early 14th century gold, diamond and amethyst ring which carries an estimate of £4,000-6,000. The ring, with its arrangement of collets, is like a type of pewter pilgrim badge dating to the 14th-15th century, representing the five wounds of Christ. Additionally, when viewed from the side, the bezel resembles a monarch’s crown. It was discovered by a metal detectorist near Hayton, East Riding, Yorkshire. While a 4th century Roman-British gold finger ring, is decorated with spiral shoulders and expected to fetch between £2,400-3,000. This ring was discovered by a metal detectorist at Hambleton, North Yorkshire, in 2022.

Highlights from the Watches section include an unusual pink gold diamond set dial watch, by Jaeger LeCoultre, the Reverso Duet Classique, circa 2016, guided at £4,000-6,000.

The Objects of Vertu section includes a fine Private Collection of Gold Boxes. An exquisite English box, circa 1720, richly decorated throughout, with a hunting scene to the front, the reverse depicting a riverside scene of a crane wrestling a serpent, is estimated at £6,000- 8,000. A French early 19th century gold and enamel snuff box by Christian Petschler, in beautiful condition, is expected to realise £4,000-6,000 and a German gold slim cartouche- shaped box dating from the mid 19th century by Charles M. Weishaupt & Sohne of Hanau is engraved with a deer hunt and estimated at £2,200-3,000.










Today's News

August 18, 2023

Can she revive the largest museum on the African continent?

Michigan State finds an observatory from 142 years ago buried on campus

British Museum fires worker accused of stealing gold and gems

At Holocaust museum in Fortnite, superheroes and atrocities collide

Banksy's 'Valentine's Day Mascara' goes on sale to the public and artwork to remain on public display in perpetuity

A view of the Met from behind the information desk

Jackie Kennedy as you've never seen her

Old-school fans celebrate hip-hop's 50th

Objective Gallery presents "Please Sit for the Alternate Ending" by Jeff Martin and Sam Klemick

Wide-ranging exhibition traces evolution of 20th-century Modern Art Post-World War I

Sarah Workneh to end 14-year tenure as co-director of Skowhegan

Zimmerli celebrates innovative printmaking studio this fall: 30 Years of Brodsky Center

Contemporary artist Joshua Yeldham opens 'In Return' - extraordinary hand-carved photo-media works

Country singer Morgan Wade was looking for the spotlight. It found her.

A conductor who wants to put you 'inside the sound'

Stunning serpent slithers into September jewellery sale at Noonans Mayfair

Parrish announces new board members

Five contemporary artists reimagine everyday objects through sculpture and installation at ICA

Exciting environmental artist Deborah Kruger exhibiting at Tennessee Tech University

At 89, still making art (and bread) with a message

How the 'Spider-Verse' movies have changed animation for the better

Renata Scotto, opera diva who inhabited roles, dies at 89

Dorothy Casterline, who codified American sign language, dies at 95

Iran sentences director to 6 months after he screened film at Cannes

Art Collecting on a Budget

Why Artistic Neighborhoods Make for Great Real Estate Investments

The Ultimate Guide to Top Super Luxury Car Hire in Dubai

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Working with a Web Design Agency

From Louvre to Uffizi: An Art Lover's Dream Travel Itinerary




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful