There are a quite few headliners leading the June 8 Magnificent Jewels sale at Christie’s—such as the “Dancing Sun” (the polished version of this diamond). But while those items claim the spotlight, a certain kind of collector may be inclined to quietly slip into a small little corner of the action: 20 or so jewels and objects by JAR (lots 136–154).
Also known as Joel Arthur Rosenthal, the celebrated jeweler is without question one of the most important American voices designing today. (He never puts out a line or collection, as his workshop famously only produces a scant 70 pieces per year.) Diane von Furstenberg once called him the Fabergé of our time.
The Important West Coast Collection being offered by Christie’s almost certainly belonged to a JAR devotee traveling in the same circles as Ellen Barkin and the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor (whose JAR creations have also landed at Christie’s over the years).
Three jewels—lots 150, 152 (pictured below), and 154 (pictured below)—appeared in the “Jewels by JAR” retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. If you’re curious as to the provenance of Christie’s latest tantalizing jumble of JAR treasures, you can whip out your copy of the exhibition catalog and do some sleuthing.
Highlights from the collection below.
Top: Many of the lots in the JAR section of the June 8 Magnificent Jewels auction come pristinely packaged in the designer’s signature pink boxes. Select pieces may be previewed June 4–7 by appointment at Christie’s New York.
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