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    Diamond, Multi-Stone, Shell, Enamel, Gold Brooch, David Webb, circa 1960
    The Precious Wentletrap shell brooch features ruby cabochons weighing a total of approximately 0.80 carat, enhanced by emerald cabochons weighing a total of approximately 0.40 carat, further enhanced by sapphire cabochons weighing a total of approximately 0.35 carat, accented by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.35 carat, complemented by enamel applied on 18k gold, marked Webb. Gross weight 28.70 grams.
    Dimensions: 2-1/4 inches x 1-1/2 inches
    The brooch appears in a 2-page spread, pages 34-35, in the book, David Webb The Quintessential American Jeweler


    Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000.

    Condition Report*: Diamonds:
    Avg Color: G-H-I
    Avg Clarity: VS
    Shape(s): Full-cut
    Count: 1 - 25

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire
    Shape(s): Cabochon
    Count: 1 - 25
    Avg Quality: Good

    Metals:
    Gold

    Overall Condition: Good
    Condition Notes: An exquisite work of art using the Wentletrap shell. The shell was considered very rare in the 17th and 18th centuries and was traded for large amounts of money. At an 18th century auction, a single Wentletrap shell sold for 37 times more than an El Greco painting. A limited number of pieces were made with real shells due to their delicate nature. Brooch marked 18K. Completed by a double pinstem, catch and shepherd's hook. A faint crack is evident on the shell. Accompanied by a signed pouch. Item should be considered fragile.
    David Webb: Formed in 1946 by partners David Webb and Nina Silberstein, David Webb Inc. created colorful jewelry recognized for its bold, sculptural design. Webb drew inspiration from the work of Cartier, Seaman Schepps, Faberge and Verdura. His passion for color, texture, enamel, gems and unusual materials brought him to the forefront of jewelry design in the 1950s and 1960s. His fondness for nature and ancient cultures influenced his most famous motifs, stylized animals and flowers. David Webb created contemporary wearable gold sculptures until his death in 1975. He left behind a legacy as one of the pioneers of American jewelry design. David Webb Inc. continues to produce jewelry based upon original artwork and sketches, under new ownership.

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    Auction Dates
    September, 2016
    26th Monday
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