Auction 23.10.1996

Christie's
New York, Park Avenue

Date of the auction: 23.10.1996 - 24.10.1996

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RAIBAUD, B.L. TRAITE DE LA GARANTIE DES MATIERES ET OUVRAGES D'OR ET D'ARGENT

RAIBAUD, B.L. TRAITE DE LA GARANTIE DES MATIERES ET OUVRAGES D'OR ET D'ARGENT Paris: 1825. 315pp. This is a rare book with illustrations of French poincons for gold and silver in the early 19th Century. LETTRES PATENTES DU ROI Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1781. (2

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$600 - US$700

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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FOUR BOOKS ON GOLD AND SILVER

FOUR BOOKS ON GOLD AND SILVER COMSTOCK, J.L. A HISTORY OF THE PRECIOUS METALS, FROM THE EARLIEST PERIODS TO THE PRESENT TIME Hartford: Belknap and Hamersley, 1849. 222pp. HATCH, FREDERICK H. AND CHALMERS, J.A. THE GOLD MINES OF THE RAND London: Macmillan and Co., 1895. 306pp. JACOB, WILLIAM. AN

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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JEFFRIES, DAVID. TRAITE DES DIAMANTS ET DES PERLES

JEFFRIES, DAVID. TRAITE DES DIAMANTS ET DES PERLES Paris: Debure & N. Tillard, 1753. 104pp. This is the French edition printed three years after the first edition. It is "much scarcer than the 2nd edition" according to Sinkankas

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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JEFFRIES, DAVID. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PEARLS

JEFFRIES, DAVID. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PEARLS London: R. Lea and J. Nunn, 1800. 118pp. Sinkankas states, "The first book in English to describe how diamonds and pearls can be evaluated on the basis of the factors of size and style of cut...." Today this is a very interesting and informative

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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MAWE, JOHN. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES

MAWE, JOHN. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES London: The Author, 1823. 148pp. This is the true 2nd edition in its original binding with hand colored plates. The illustrated color plate shows a diamond cutter bruting and faceting. Sinkankas states "Complete copies of this edition are

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$700 - US$800

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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MURRAY, JOHN. A MEMOIR ON THE DIAMOND

MURRAY, JOHN. A MEMOIR ON THE DIAMOND London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1831. 61pp. This is the second edition copy of the book. It contains a new plate depicting a series of famous diamonds

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$250 - US$300

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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BOUE, PLACIDE. TRAITE D'ORFEVRERIE, BIJOUTERIE ET JOAILLERIE

BOUE, PLACIDE. TRAITE D'ORFEVRERIE, BIJOUTERIE ET JOAILLERIE Paris: Chez Delauney, Libraire, au Palais-Royal, 1832. Vol. I 326pp. Vol.II 426pp. Sinkankas states, "A remarkable work written by a Parisian jeweler and aimed at both the general public and members of the trade; it contains a wealth of

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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FEUCHTWANGER, DR. LEWIS. A TREATISE ON GEMS IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL...

FEUCHTWANGER, DR. LEWIS. A TREATISE ON GEMS IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC VALUE New York: A. Hanford, 1838. 162pp. This is a rare first edition, first impression, rebound. Sinkankas states "The first monograph on gemstones published in the United States and an excellent one at

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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MAWE, JOHN. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL

MAWE, JOHN. TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF BRAZIL, PARTICULARLY IN THE GOLD AND DIAMOND DISTRICTS OF THAT COUNTRY BY AUTHORITY OF THE PRINCE REGENT OF PORTUGAL, INCLUDING A VOYAGE TO THE RIO DE LA PLATA AND AN HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE REVOLUTION OF BUENOS AYRES London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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BURTON, CAPTAIN RICHARD F. EXPLORATIONS OF THE HIGHLANDS OF THE BRAZIL

BURTON, CAPTAIN RICHARD F. EXPLORATIONS OF THE HIGHLANDS OF THE BRAZIL London: Tinsley Brothers, 1869. Vol.I 443pp., Vol. II 478pp. Both volumes are in their original green cloth bindings with a gold male Indian on cover. Very scarce. (2

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$1,600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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WILLIAMS, GARDNER F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA

WILLIAMS, GARDNER F. THE DIAMOND MINES OF SOUTH AFRICA New York: B.F. Buck & Company, 1905. Vol. I 359pp., Vol. II 353pp. "There have been prepared One Thousand Copies of the Author's Edition of the Diamond Mines of South Africa of which this set consisting of two volumes is No. 48 (handwritten

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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STREETER, EDWIN W. THE KOH-I-NUR DIAMOND ITS ROMANCE AND HISTORY

STREETER, EDWIN W. THE KOH-I-NUR DIAMOND ITS ROMANCE AND HISTORY London: George Bell & Sons, 1895. 81pp. This beautifully bound book tells the history of both the Koh-i-nur and the Pitt diamond. Sinkankas states "A handsome small work, much scarcer than other Streeter books

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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TWO INSCRIBED BOOKS BY EDWIN W. STREETER

TWO INSCRIBED BOOKS BY EDWIN W. STREETER STREETER, EDWIN W. THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD London: George Bell & Sons, 1882 (?). 321pp. This is a presentation copy in a leather binding. It is inscribed by the author. The title page is imperfect. The letter "P" in "Private" is absent from the fourth

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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STREETER, E.W. THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD.

STREETER, E.W. THE GREAT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD. London: George Bell & sons, 1882. 321pp. Sinkankas states "The first major work on famous diamonds in any language and for many years regarded as the sole authority and still much referred to today." This is a presentation copy, which is scarce

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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THREE BOOKS ON THE CURATIVE POWERS OF GOLD AND GEMS

THREE BOOKS ON THE CURATIVE POWERS OF GOLD AND GEMS BURNETT, JAMES COMPTON, M.D. GOLD AS A REMEDY IN DISEASE London: The Homoeopathic Publishing Company, 1879. 156pp. CHRESTIEN, DOCTEUR. RECHERCHES ET OBSERVATIONS SUR LES EFFETS DES PREPARATIONS D'OR Paris: Chez Gabon, 1821. 591pp. FERNIE, W.T

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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VILLEFOSSE, HERON DE. A TRIBUTE TO PRECIOUS STONES WITH AN ORIGINAL...

VILLEFOSSE, HERON DE. A TRIBUTE TO PRECIOUS STONES WITH AN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPH BY ANDRÉ DERAIN Paris: Cartier, 1947. 45pp. "This Edition of A Tribute to Precious Stones is limited to 28 Nominative copies not on sale on Marais hand wove paper, plus 1,472 copies on creve couer du marais hand wove

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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SHIPLEY, ROBERT M. FAMOUS DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD

SHIPLEY, ROBERT M. FAMOUS DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD U.S.A.: Gemological Institute of America, 1948. 61pp. Accompanied by the pre-publication proof IMPORTANT DIAMONDS OF THE WORLD by Robert M. Shipley bearing a personal inscription "To Gordon Young with memories of story of the Regent theft which we

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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GERLACH, MARTIN. LA PERLE

GERLACH, MARTIN. LA PERLE Vienne: Gerlach & Schenk, 1880 This is Volume 1 of the French edition. Sinkankas states, "Each plate depicts numerous jewels of all types, set with gems and/or pearls, with pl title at top in the three languages, and with a surrounding frame, plus publ data & plate number

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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A LETTER TO HIS JEWELER FROM FREDERIC AUGUSTE PRINCE ET LANDGRAVE DE HEFSE

A LETTER TO HIS JEWELER FROM FREDERIC AUGUSTE PRINCE ET LANDGRAVE DE HEFSE

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$500 - US$600

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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BARBET DU JOUY, M. LES GEMMES ET JOYAUX DE LA COURONNE AU MUSEE DU LOUVRE

BARBET DU JOUY, M. LES GEMMES ET JOYAUX DE LA COURONNE AU MUSEE DU LOUVRE Paris: Léon Techener, 1886. This folio size portfolio contains many exceptional engraved plates of objet d'art from the Crown Jewels of France in the Louvre

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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GOREWA, OGA W., POLYNINA, IRINA F., RACHMANOV, NIKOLAI, RAIMANN, ALFONS...

GOREWA, OGA W., POLYNINA, IRINA F., RACHMANOV, NIKOLAI, RAIMANN, ALFONS. JOYAUX DU TRESOR DE RUSSIE Paris: La Bibliothèque des Arts, 1990. 203pp. POLYNINA, IRINA AND RAKHMANOV, NICOLAI. THE REGALIA OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE Russia: Red Square Publishers, 1994. 239pp. WILLS, GEOFFREY. THE RUSSIAN STATE

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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TWO BOOKS ON THE CROWN JEWELS OF EUROPE

TWO BOOKS ON THE CROWN JEWELS OF EUROPE TWINING, LORD. A HISTORY OF THE CROWN JEWELS OF EUROPE London: B.T. Batsford Ltd., 1960. 707pp. This complete work details the crown jewels alphabetically from Austria to Yugoslavia. Sinkankas states "Apparently only a few copies were printed as is evidenced

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,200

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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VEVER, HENRI. LA BIJOUTERIE FRANCAISE AU XIXe. SIECLE

VEVER, HENRI. LA BIJOUTERIE FRANCAISE AU XIXe. SIECLE Florence: Studio per ediziioni scelte, 1976. Vol. I 383pp., Vol. II 336pp. Vol III 337-793pp. Sinkankas states, "One of the great books on the history of jewelry." Today this is an essential reference for anyone interested in collecting or

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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FONTENAY, EUGENE. LES BIJOUX ANCIENS ET MODERNES

FONTENAY, EUGENE. LES BIJOUX ANCIENS ET MODERNES Paris: Maison Quantin, 1887. 518pp. This is a comprehensive and interesting book about the history of jewelry from antiquity to the late 19th Century

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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EIGHT BOOKS AND CATALOGUES ON THE WORKS OF PETER CARL FABERGE

EIGHT BOOKS AND CATALOGUES ON THE WORKS OF PETER CARL FABERGE BAINBRIDGE, HENRY CHARLES. PETER CARL FABERGE London: Spring Books, 1966. 167pp. HILL, GERARD. FABERGE AND THE RUSSIAN MASTER GOLDSMITHS New York: Park Lane, 1989. 320pp. ROSS, MARVIN C. THE ART OF KARL FABERGE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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ROSS, MARVIN C. THE ART OF KARL FABERGE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

ROSS, MARVIN C. THE ART OF KARL FABERGE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1965. 238pp. Inscribed "To Katherine and Cliff Folger with affectionate regards-Marjorie Post 1966" and signed by Marvin C. Ross Sinkankas states "Aside from the several major works on Fabergé by

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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AN AMUSING CARVED JADE, DIAMOND, AMETHYST BEAD AND GOLD NECKLACE, BY WEBB

AN AMUSING CARVED JADE, DIAMOND, AMETHYST BEAD AND GOLD NECKLACE, BY WEBB Designed as a large carved nephrite Mayan face, with oval-cut ruby and circular-cut diamond eyes, wearing a cabochon amethyst, circular-cut diamond and sculpted hammered gold headdress, joined to five strands of graduated

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$12,000 - US$15,000

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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A DIAMOND AND GOLD EVENING BAG, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

A DIAMOND AND GOLD EVENING BAG, BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Of wedge-shaped outline and 18K gold basketweave design, the top enhanced by a section of pavé-set diamonds, gross weight-- 10.45 ozs., 6 x 3¾ x 1½ ins. Signed by Van Cleef & Arpels, France

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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A SUITE OF CABOCHON RUBY AND CULTURED PEARL JEWELRY

A SUITE OF CABOCHON RUBY AND CULTURED PEARL JEWELRY A necklace, the front designed as a cabochon ruby and cultured pearl scroll motif, attached to a tapering flexible band, one side set with cabochon rubies and the other, with cultured pearls, with an oval cabochon ruby clasp, mounted in silver and

Lot #: 31

Estimate: US$8,500 - US$9,500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996

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A WHIMSICAL DIAMOND, ENAMEL AND GOLD "HUMPTY DUMPTY" BROOCH

A WHIMSICAL DIAMOND, ENAMEL AND GOLD "HUMPTY DUMPTY" BROOCH The sculpted gold egg wearing a green guilloché enamel striped suit, with pavé-set diamond cuffs, collar and cap and a white enamel bow, mounted in white and yellow gold (enamel slightly chipped

Lot #: 34

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 23 Oct 1996 - 24 Oct 1996