Sothebys' NY is featuring "The Jeweler's Eye: The Person Collection of Fred Leighton" on April 18th following its Magnificent Jewels auction.
As we in the jewelry trade know, there really was no Fred Leighton. But there was Murray Mondscheim, a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx, who started out selling silver jewelry in the 1960's. He eventually moved to Madison Avenue, before it was known for its high end shops, and changed his name to Fred Leighton. He then began a career as a legend and purveyor of historic jewelry, offering Victorian, Art Deco Period jewels and other collectibles.
Murray/Fred sold his business in 2006 and died last July at the age of 85.
Here are a few of the highlights from his collection:
This spectacular pendant brooch from the 19th century with a pair of hearts beneath a crown motif, featuring two rose cut diamonds. Auction estimate is $8,000-$10,000
A bow brooch from Cartier, circa 1910 with an old european cut diamond center, and surrounded by old mine cut and old european cut and single cut diamonds. Estimated to go for $50,000-$70,000
This unusual Gold, Silver and Glass Diadem, designed as a pair of wings, with various shades of blue plique-a-jour enamel. Set "entremblant" meaning it moves or trembles. Signed Cte du Suau de la Criox circa 1890. Estimate is $2,000-$3,000
As you all know I just love a beautiful tiara! I think this one would be for everyday wear....
The Sotheby's exhibition is going on now, not to be missed!