Fred Leighton in black and white at Sotheby’s auction: a Chaumet necklace wins the auction of collection ♦
Fred Leighton, in New York, has been an authority for over 40 years for anyone looking to buy or sell a rare piece of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Retro or contemporary. But the founder, who disappeared in 2017, not only dealt with choosing buyers and sellers of exceptional pieces: he himself had collected pieces of all kinds. And Fred Leighton’s personal collection was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. The sale totaled 2.8 million on Wednesday 19 April. There were not only jewels, but also furniture and pieces of decorative art from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with a representation of all kinds from the pieces of the Victorian era to art deco. The most appreciated, for example, was a Cartier table clock in gold, turquoise and diamonds ($ 275,000). And the jewels? The highlight of the day was a bracelet-necklace composition by Chaumet from 1930, with old cut diamonds, single and baguette, sold for $ 112,500. Good result also for a Marchak necklace of about 1950, composed of interweaving of gold threads with baguette diamonds and rubies carved with floral motifs, with ruby pearls and round and baguette diamonds. It was beaten for $ 100,000.
It should be noted, however, that not all the pieces have found a buyer. Among other things, pieces such as a Cartier necklace from 1945 with a citrine and diamonds, a Raymond Templier diamond necklace from the 1950s and a Cartier bow brooch from 1910 remained in the hammer. Federico Graglia