Three pieces of Art Deco diamond and emerald jewellery attributed to famous jeweller Hennell, have been sold for over £1.9m
The jewels, which were offered by Bonhams, hail from the private collection of Louise Stephens, wife of Michael Stephens, scion of the Stephens Ink family. After the 1930s and the death of their former owner, the pieces stayed in the family but were hardly worn.
The first piece, an emerald and diamond pendant/necklace, attributed to Hennell and dating from the first quarter of the 20th Century, sold for £1,328,750, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £150,000-200,000. The necklace featured a double-sided cabochon emerald crescent, of Colombian origin, weighing 12-13 carats, meaning it achieved £100,000 per carat.
The second lot, an Art Deco emerald and diamond dress ring, circa 1930, sold for £368,750, beating its estimate of £150,000-250,000.
Emily Barber, director of Bonhams Jewellery UK, said: “These jewels are simply magnificent. Superb emerald specimens like this do not come to market very often so we’re delighted to bring them to auction for the first time.
“The crescent-shaped emerald is no doubt an historic Indian gem, cut to maximize its ‘green fire’ and the sugarloaf cabochon emerald, a cut favoured by early 20th Century Art Deco jewellers, is one of the finest examples we have seen.”
The third and final piece from the collection was ‘A Diamond Clip Brooch’ by Hennell, circa 1930 and sold for £230,750 against its estimate of £100,000 – 150,000.