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Fine Jewelry Masterpieces in the Upcoming Rothschild Family Auction


The Rothschilds are renowned not only for their immense wealth and banking prowess but also for their exceptional contributions to the world of art and cultural heritage as collectors. Over several generations they amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections in history. And now Christie’s is hosting “the first-ever dedicated North American sales of works of art, furniture, and paintings belonging to a branch of one of the great collecting families in history,” per the auction house’s release, called Rothschild Masterpieces.

Among the rare furniture, artworks, and antiquities offered across three sales from Oct. 3 through 17, there will be no shortage of jewels and objets d’art that have stood the test of time. Think an art deco Cartier “Model A” Mystery clock boasting beautiful rock crystal, or a 16th-century Roman cameo portrait with an estimate starting at $200,000, and even a few pocket watches from makers including Breguet and Vacheron Constantin. Below is a closer look at these highlights and more in case you’re hoping to make your own impact on the world of fine arts, in true Rothschild fashion.


Rothschild clock
Cartier “Model A” Mystery clock (circa 1920) in gold with rock crystal, diamond, mother-of-pearl, and onyx, estimate $250,000-$350,000
Rothschild cameo
Roman cameo portrait of Emperor Claudius (circa 1593-1596) in enameled gold with sardonyx, a drop-shape pearl, and garnet, estimate $200,000-$300,000
Breguet pocket watch
Breguet split-second chronograph pocket watch in 18k yellow gold, estimate $10,000-$15,000
Rothschild brooch
Antique perched bird brooch (circa 1890) in 18k yellow gold and silver-gilt with round, oval and cabochon rubies, rectangular step-cut emeralds, old-cut, rose-cut, and briolette diamonds, and green lacquer, estimate $20,000-$30,000
Rothschild badge
French Renaissance badge of St. Michael and the dragon (pictured at top) in gold with diamonds and enamel, estimate $80,000-$120,000
Vacheron pocket watch
Vacheron Constantin pocket watch in 18k yellow gold with lapis lazuli and enamel, estimate $10,000-$15,000
Rothschild ornament
Antique turban ornament (circa 1890) in 18k yellow gold with petal-shape rubies, emeralds, rose-cut diamonds, and enamel, estimate $8,000-$12,000

Photos courtesy of Christie’s

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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