Founded in 1993 in Geneva by Lebanese-Italian black diamond specialist Fawaz Gruosi, Dubai’s Damac Group purchased De Grisogono after the company filed for bankruptcy in January last year. An art deco diamond and emerald bracelet (Lot 360 ) was another strong performer to bring $7000, while a comprehensive 142-piece English and Scottish sterling silver king’s pattern flat ware service featuring various dates and makers (Lot 236 ) was a $5000 return.
Among the furniture highlights was an 18th century oyster walnut inlaid chest of drawers (Lot 190 ) that sold for $6500 on an $800-$1200 estimate and an exceptional circa 1910 carved, painted and lacquered timber carousel jumping horse (Lot 306 ) brought $6000.
The horse was made by master carver Marcus Illions (1871-1949) who emigrated from England to America where he established his own business and became known for his Coney Island style figures.
Another strong result of $4800 against a $800-$1200 estimate was a Cassina ebonised dining suite designed in 1934 after Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Lot 177 ).
Chinese pottery also featured among the top results with a 19th/20th century famille rose “hundred butterfly” bottle vase with a Guangxu mark selling for $4400 on a $600-$800 estimate and a 19th/20th century “hundred cranes” vase (Lot 41 ) bringing $3800.