For some time now, estimable auction house Sotheby’s has been conducting private art sales without bidding. But this Spring, it just introduced a similar way to purchase instantly extraordinary jewelry as well at the “In Bloom” selling exhibition (through May 24, 1334 York Ave). The exhibition is open to the public and inaugurates Sotheby’s newly re-designed galleries where the jewelry is on show. Curated in partnership with Curated in partnership with historian, author and contributing director of jewelry for British Vogue Carol Woolton, “In Bloom” is a dazzling celebration of the season with 75 exceptional pieces that embody nature’s beauty.
Flowers, according to Sotheby’s Luxury Division sales director Frank Everett, have served as an enduring inspiration in jewelry design through the ages. He commended Ms. Woolton’s outstanding expertise in collaborating with the house to assemble some of the finest vintage and contemporary pieces that trace the evolution of the motif over the past 150 years. Among the brightest features at “In Bloom” is a pair of 18-carat white gold orchid earrings especially commissioned from acclaimed designer Shaun Leane.
In green and white diamond solitaries with additional tsavorite and diamond on Mr. Leane’s signature hooked backs, the piece blends the exotic allure of the flower with the designer’s elegant expression of line in depicting the natural world.
Other designs include pieces from Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Boucheron, Verdura, and Belperron, alongside leading contemporary work from international designers Solange Azagury-Partridge, Neha Dani, Eliane Fattal, Fernando Jorge, Sabba, Jessica McCormack and Irene Neuwirth. Other commissioned pieces are by Japanese master craftswoman Gimel and Indian designer Bina Goenka. “In Bloom” is being held concurrently with Sotheby’s marquee May auctions of impressionist, modern, and contemporary art. All pieces on exhibition will be available for private sale, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $3 million.
Images courtesy of Sotheby’s