Palazzo Crivelli - Via Pontaccio 12, Milan
Viewing: 12-13-14 May (10 am / 1 pm – 2,30/6,30 pm)
Auction: 17-18 May
"If this auction were a color ... it would be blue!" With these words and with great enthusiasm Luca Ghirondi, specialist of the Jewellery Department of Il Ponte auction house presents the Jewels sale of 17 and 18 May, characterized by a significant number of lots, all of private provenance, and many belonging to important Italian families.
Many sapphires, therefore, of different origins (Burma, Kashmir, Ceylon) "... marvelous stones that evoke all the hues of that ocean in which the boundaries between sky and sea melt together " but also "natural pearls of rare size, such as the huge Melo-Melo pearl equal in size to the other three white pearls hanging on the same necklace, two diamonds weighing 10 and 15 carats, cabochon rubies with beautiful mounts, a "trombino" by Bulgari and a beautiful Déco bracelet signed Cartier, also with rubies ... " informs Luca Ghirondi.
Numerous lots on sale have the added value of the brand of the best known Italian (Bulgari, Buccellati, Damiani, Frascarolo, Pomellato ..) and international jewelers (Boucheron, Cartier, Mauboussin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, Stern, Faberge, René Boivin, Lacloche Frères and David Webb.);
The auction will also feature some novelties: jewels by Ghiso, Italian goldsmith active in Paris who exported to New York and Buenos Aires where he lived and jewellery of recent production designed by Princess Lucia Odescalchi, much appreciated by the Roman nobility and beyond.
"The sale - as emphasized by the head of the department, -" also has a historic and artistic importance due to the numerous antique jewels made for famous aristocratic families, including important TIARAS, that tell the story and craftsmanship of times past"
Among the jewels belonging to some of the most important Italian aristocratic families (Doria, Guerrieri Gonzaga ...) worthy of mention are a lot acquired from the inheritance of Luchino Visconti, a jewel formerly owned by Princess Petronilla Poniatowsky Constance, daughter of the last king of Poland as well as a beautiful brooch that belonged to Maria Cristina di Savoia.
Many are the jewels made by Italian goldsmiths who, with their creations, represent the excellence of Italian craftsmanship: the Venetians Missiaglia , the Romans Cazzaniga, Moroni and Ansuini, the Milanese Calderoni, Confalonieri, Cusi, Scavia, Villa and many more .
The final part of the sale will offer a number of lots that belonged to Mariuccia Mandelli, aka KRIZIA, which give an idea of how a jewel can become a strong element of identity, creative personality and appearance.