Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers Semi-Annual Auction to include unique pieces
from the estate of Mrs. Robertson Davies
TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - A remarkable offering of hundreds of modern and
centuries-old jewels and timepieces - including stunning pieces from the
estate of Mrs. Robertson Davies -- will be offered to the public at Dupuis
Fine Jewellery Auctioneers' Semi-Annual Auction at The Windsor Arms Hotel (18
St. Thomas Street) in Toronto's Yorkville district on June 23.
Pieces range from a rare gentleman's stainless steel single button chronograph
wristwatch by Omega (made for the Royal Canadian Air Force), circa 1960; to an
antique coral, diamond and gold bracelet, by J.E. Caldwell & Co, circa 1895;
to an art deco enamel and diamond piano power compact, circa 1930, from the
estate of concert pianist, Ellen Ballon to a Gold 'Fish' Bangle Bracelet
designed by prize-winning architect, Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co.
A highlight of the auction is the unique collection of jewels from the estate
of Mrs. Robertson Davies to be offered for the first time. Brenda Davies, wife
and soul mate of Canadian cultural icon, novelist, playwright, academic,
Robertson Davies (1913- 1995), passed away in January 2013 at the age of 95.
The distinctive Davies collection features a large array of fine gold and
excellent gem cameos, intaglios and polychrome enamels from the 19(th) and
20(th) Centuries. Most of the pieces tell their own stories with intricately
carved scenes from mythology, figures from antiquity, picturesque birds and
fantastic enamelled foliage. Also featured is the silver and paste ring that
Robertson Davies slipped off his finger and placed on that of the former
Brenda Mathews as an engagement ring backstage at the Old Vic theatre in
London, England, where they met. Featuring a classical figure of Demeter
holding a cornucopia accented by acorns, the carved paste intaglio was to
become her storied engagement ring (Lots 179-205).
"At Dupuis, we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to offer a great range
of fine jewels to the public," says Duncan Parker, Vice President, Dupuis Fine
Jewellery Auctioneers. "This Spring Auction is especially exciting, not only
because of the excellent offering of diamonds, gems and watches, but because
the depth of history and workmanship in each is a joy to see. We're also
thrilled to be presenting the Brenda Davies collection -something that won't
come along again."
It was in 1940 that Robertson Davies and his Australian bride, Brenda Mathews,
were married; she was his muse and confidante, and was proud to be Mrs.
Robertson Davies for the remainder of her life. Stories were central to
their relationship, spanning theatre, newspapers, publishing, playwriting,
academic life, and, of course, important novels of international renown. The
Davies' home was in Canada, but they returned to England often, each visit
adding to a growing collection of fine European jewels, particularly excellent
gem cameos, intaglios and polychrome enamels.
|Click on the following link |
|(www.dupuis.ca) to review the |
|entire Auction collection. Dupuis' free iPhone and iPad Apps also |
|provide access to the current catalogue and the sales results archive|
|of recent auctions. Previews have begun at Dupuis offices (908-94 |
|Cumberland Street - Bay & Bloor) and will continue Mon June 10 to Sat|
|June 15 and Monday June 17 to Sat June 22 (daily 10am-5pm / Sat until|
|4pm). An appointment is not required. On June 23, Session One begins |
|at 11am (Lots 1-303). After a 3pm Intermission, Session Two begins |
|at 3.30pm (Lots 304-569). |
Dupuis Fine Jewellery Auctioneers is Canada's premiere auction house
specializing exclusively in jewellery. Their services include buying and
selling through auction, consulting and appraisals. Based in Toronto, but
renowned both nationally and internationally, the firm dominates the jewellery
auction market in Canada with over 80% of market share by value. The company
was established in 1986 by Ron Dupuis to provide a venue for people to sell
their personal jewellery to a diverse international audience. Dupuis and his
team have made history over the past 25 years by selling jewels totalling more
than $50,000,000. The firm conducts two major international auctions in
Toronto each year - spring and fall.
or to schedule an interview with Duncan Parker, please contact Ellen Woodger
(firstname.lastname@example.org) at 416-483-2358.
Image with caption: "Lot 205 An Antique Gem-Set, Enamel and Silver Suite,
early 19th century. Property from the estate of Brenda and Robertson Davies
(CNW Group/Dupuis Auctioneers)". Image available at:
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