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Monday, 10 December 2012

AUCTION REVIEW: the unique jewelry collection of the Late Michael Wellby

Sandoz, Art Nouveau Brooch/Pendant in enamel and turquoises

For a jewelry collector in London, yesterday was one of the busiest sundays of the year as auction houses put their best shows on to help the public find special Christmas presents. The day started with an early 10:30 brunch and private view of the Christie's King St Magnificent Jewels exhibition which features an incredible selection of pieces signed by most of the master jewellers, from Verdura, Van Cleef and Arpels to Cartier, an authentic bling "bash". After a quick view of the Christie's South Kensington sale, we then headed towards Sotheby's in Bond Street for the ultimate jewelry indulgence.

After one year of no jewelry sales in London, Sotheby's come back could not have been better, and they went all in for it: champagne, canapés, a jewellery talk by David Bennet about the book he has written with Daniela Mascheti and of course the sale of the private collection of Late Michael Wellby, a famous dealer in german silver.

It is the most special collection that I have ever encounter for sale and it leaves one with a mixed feeling of both joy, at having discovered such amazing pieces, and sadness, at the thought that they will be split and sold separately. The owner and his wife spent over 60 years building up and looking after this collection, I don't know the reason why it is being sold now, but it is a bit of a shame!.

I found it amazing how they managed to condense the last four centuries of the history of jewellery in a little more than 200 pieces without leaving any major period or style out. The most remarkable feature of the collection however, is the consistent search for perfect craftsmanship. One can most definitely tell that each piece has been carefully selected and incorporated into the collection on its own merit. Undoubtedly one of the most special sales that we have seen lately!.

Mid Nineteenth Century Tiara