Heritage silver pieces at Astaguru auction

Schenelle Dsouza
AstaGuru is back with yet another auction showcasing heritage jewellery, fine silver and exquisite timepieces. The auction is slated to take place on May 30-31.
The 100-piece auction is an attempt to exhibit Indian heritage and craftsmanship, showcasing the different styles and traditions of jewellery both from within and outside India.
Within the jewellery section, one can see traditional Indian as well as western-style jewellery. These include pieces that have been designed with natural pearls, Burmese rubies, Zambian emeralds, and high-quality diamonds. The auction will also showcase creations by celebrated brands such as Cartier, Tiffany, and Jean Été. A unique creation by Nanubhai Jewellers, formerly based in Mumbai will also be presented.
Natural Pearls 
Among the many jewellery lots, a fine selection of jewellery designed with natural pearls will be offered.
Lot no. 121 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 121 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 121 is a stunning three-row natural pearl necklace interspaced with faceted crystal discs and a clasp set with old cut diamonds.
Lot no. 130 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 130 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 130, an elegant five-row necklace made of 453 pieces of graduated natural pearls will be offered at an estimate of ₹1.3 – 1.5 crore.
Lot no. 25 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 25 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 25 is an important natural pearl and ruby bead necklace affixed to an 18k gold clasp set with diamonds and rubies. This lot will be offered at a value of ₹80 lakh-1 crore.
Traditional jewellery
One of the prominent collections at the auction, exquisite traditional Indian jewellery will also be showcased.
Lot no. 30 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 30 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
The oldest offering at the auction, lot no. 30, is an antique Hyderabadi Guluband tracing back to circa 1890, set with rubies and natural pearls. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹8-9 lakh.
Lot no. 48 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 48 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 48 is a beautiful diamond, natural pearl, and emerald drop choker. It comes with matching ear pendants. This lot will be offered at an estimate of ₹1.75 – 2.25 crore.
Lot no. 51 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 51 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 51 is an exceptional piece, a Makara head kada set with flat-cut diamonds, rubies, and natural pearls. This is a rare example of jadau jewellery inlaid with pearls. Executed circa 1900, it will be offered with an estimate of ₹40 – 60 lakh.
Lot no. 91 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 91 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no.91 is an elegant four-row necklace executed with intense red Burmese ruby beads from the historic mines of Mogok. It will be offered with an estimate of ​​₹1.51 – 2 crores.
Western pieces 
Aside from traditional Indian and heritage jewellery, the auction also presents examples of classic western jewellery.
Lot no. 90 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 90 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 90 is an old European-cut diamond Rivière. This lot will be offered at an estimate of ​​₹32 – 38 lakh.
Lot no. 2 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 2 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Renowned jewellery brand Cartier will offer two extraordinary necklaces. Lot no. 2, a gold and diamond Draperie necklace. This one will be offered at an estimate of ₹18 – 25 lakh.
Lot no. 21 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 21 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
The second one is lot no. 21, a magnificent diamond necklace with three rows of bezel-set diamonds in white gold. The necklace is attached to the central removable pendant. This lot is estimated to be acquired at a value of ₹60 – 80 lakhs. It is also presented with the original box.
Hallmark Silver
The silver collection is a testimony to the deft metalworking techniques pioneered in India and Europe in the bygone era.
Lot no. 49 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 49 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
The oldest item in the silver category is lot no. 49. It features a hallmarked silver English dish by Paul Storr, London. Executed circa 1806, this is estimated to be sold at ₹6 – 7 lakh.
Lot no. 59 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 59 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 59 is a beautiful antique silver horse carriage resplendent of the Victorian era style. Executed circa 1930, it will be offered with an estimate of ₹8.5 – 10 lakh.
Lot no. 43 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 43 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 43 is a stylish custom made washbasin with a cylindrical body resting on a tapered stem. Executed circa 1930, this lot is estimated to be acquired at the value of ₹7 – 8 lakh.
Timepieces
“The collectors have expressed immense interest in luxury and vintage watches in the last few years. Catering to these demands, AstaGuru has consistently offered exquisite and rare watches in its timepieces auctions,” says Jehangir Readymoney, Luxury Timepiece Expert, AstaGuru Auction House.
The timepiece section will feature a fascinating collection of pieces from the world’s leading brands like Patek Phillippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Piaget, Chopard and Breguet. These will present distinct styles of timepieces, from vintage watches to dress watches, as well as state-of-the-art pieces.
Lot no. 36 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 36 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
The oldest timepiece and one of the most impressive pieces in the category is lot no.15.  It is an 18k Gold Chronometro Gondolo Pocket Watch created by Patek Philippe in 1910. This lot will be offered with an estimate of  ₹6.5 – 7.5 lakhs.
Lot no. 15 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Lot no. 15 Photo Courtesy: AstaGuru
Another Patek Philippe timepiece, lot no. 36 is an 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Wristwatch. The timepiece features an 18k gold case with a silvered dial. This lot will be presented with official archives with an estimate of ₹6.5 – 7.5 lakh.
Speaking about the auction, AstaGuru’s Jewellery Expert, Jay Sagar commented, “The Indian auction market is witnessing a consistent demand for vintage jewellery from collectors. We are excited to present an exquisite collection which brings the best of both traditional Indian and classical western jewellery designs. The collection also includes an array of jewellery pieces executed with rare and coveted gemstones from across the world, and ones that would make for a worthy inclusion in any important collection.”
Take a look at the auction catalogue here.
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