A Victorian Diamond and Enamel Automaton Brooch

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    • Circa 1860

    • Three old mine-cut diamonds, total approximately 0.95 carat

    • 18 karat yellow gold and silver topped gold, approximately 1.75 x 1.20 inches

  • Catalogue Essay

    Edith Weber was considered the American Grand Dame of jewelry connoisseurs. Her knowledge and passion for estate jewelry is legendary. During the nearly fifty years that she operated her store at The Carlyle Hotel, it was the destination of choice for devoted collectors.

    Edith saw value in design and history. Her vast inventory spanned more than three-hundred years with a main focus on Georgian and Victorian jewelry. Uniqueness and understanding were important to Edith, as was finding a new home for each jewel that passed through her hands. She was personally invested in each treasure. Her love and wealth of knowledge of the unusual and esoteric was expansive and incomparable. She was eager to discuss each jewel at length, providing her clients with details and history to aid in their collecting.

    Edith grew up working in the family antique business, yet her family never sold jewelry. She received her
    Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Brooklyn College. She tried acting, but eventually turned to teaching speech and theatre, before finally settling on working with jewelry. During her fifty years in the jewelry business, she has written, lectured and been published and quoted in numerous articles on antique jewelry. As a member of the Appraisers Association of America, she served for several years on the Board of Directors. She was Adjunct Professor at Long Island University and taught classes at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. What set Edith Weber apart was her expertise, lust and unique presentation.

    Phillips is honored to present a few items that once were part of this leading lady’s personal collection. Each of these jewels may seem to be an odd ball, but no, they are just sui generis – and reflect her passion and understanding for the unusual. This Victorian Automaton exemplifies her interest, her passion, her humor and her diversity. One quick turn is a conversation starter for this metaphorical Eros brooch – sending arrows of love to those that are near.

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Property Formerly Owned by Edith Weber

A Victorian Diamond and Enamel Automaton Brooch

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

sold for $12,500

Contact Specialist
Susan Abeles
Head of Department, Americas and Senior International Specialist
New York
+1 212 940 1383
sabeles@phillips.com

Jewels

New York Auction 6 December 2018