Unique amethyst pieces to be auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb

A selection of fine antique jewellery and luxury wristwatches will also be offered by the auction house in its upcoming spring auction

An amethyst rivière necklace that was formerly owned by Marie-Louise, Countess Manvers will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in its upcoming online auction of jewellery, watches, antiquities and objects of vertu on 16 March. 

Born in 1889, Marie-Louise Countess Manvers was an acclaimed artist and the only child of Lord Frederick and Lady Butterfield of Cliffe Castle Keighley.

Her necklace, composed of large graduating oval mixed-cut amethysts, is estimated at £1,500-£2,000. On her death, the necklace passed to her only surviving child, Lady Frederica Rozelle Ridgway Pierrepont. 

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In addition to the necklace, an amethyst and purple sapphire ‘Luna’ ring, by Shaun Leane, dating from 2011 is estimated at £1,500-£2,000. Shaun Leane, born in 1969, is a British goldsmith and longtime collaborator with the late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE. 

At the age of sixteen, Shaun Leane started a seven-year apprenticeship in Hatton Garden withEnglish Traditional Jewellery. Following his training, he continued to work for the firm for another six years, specialising in the restoration and reproduction of Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewels. 

A chance meeting with Alexander McQueen in 1992 allowed Leane to begin creating his own pieces. The pair went on to design and create “iconic and provocative” catwalk jewels, and worked together for over 17 years up until McQueen’s death in 2010. 

Leane is now a four-time recipient of the UK Jewellery Designer of the Year, and, in 2020, published an extensive and personal monograph charting his 36 years as a designer-maker.

In addition to the amethyst pieces, the auction will include a selection of fine antique jewellery, a principal lot being a stunning late Victorian diamond fringe necklace, circa 1890, estimated at £8,000-12,000. The necklace also converts into a tiara.

A wide range of wristwatches by leading makers such as Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, and Bulgari will also be on offer, including a stylish stainless steel Reverso Duoface Night & Day wristwatch by Jaeger-LeCoultre, estimated at £2,000-£3,000. A 1940s Burmese ruby and diamond cocktail watch is expected to fetch £1,200-£1,500.

Also included are examples of designer jewels by Marina B, Angela Cummings, Bulgari, FRED, Chatila and Theo Fennell.

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