Saturday, 12 October 2013

An extremely rare diamond and enamel pendant by Theodore B. STARR

Theodore B. Starr 1905 Diamond and Enamel Pendant

This is an exquisite piece and very rare to come by. A circular pendant set in a black and white enamelled plaque and set with circa 15 carats of very well matched rose cut diamonds. It is dated in 1905 and was made by Theodore B. Starr in New York. The design is inspired in Giuliano's work earlier in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. It was probably adapted with a much heavier diamond weight to suit the buoyant American market at the turn of the century.

Starr is nowadays known as one of the finest American silversmiths. He set up his silver and jewellery business in 1862 and was soon joined by Herman Marcus, becoming Starr and Marcus until 1877 when they separated because Herman Marcus left to join Tiffany. He continued working under his own name until 1907 when his son took over the business which he subsequently sold to a silver company in 1918. Starr was finally liquidated and sold in 1923. 

The piece is opening the Bonham's auction in New York on October 17th.