A stunning Art Deco cultured pearl and diamond bracelet owned by H.R.H. The Princess Margaret and worn for her 19th birthday photograph taken by Cecil Beaton in 1949, sold for £396,800* Today (Tuesday September 14, 2021) at Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Jewellery, Watches and Objects of Vertu at their Mayfair saleroom (16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ). It was estimated to fetch £30,000-40,000 and after bidding on the telephones, and the internet, it was bought by a Private buyer [lot 252].

Comprising a double row of cultured pearls bordering a millegrain-set line of circular-cut diamonds to a diamond and pearl openwork geometric clasp, it dates from circa 1925. It was presented in a later fitted red leather Cartier case. It had been previously sold at Christie’s in 2006 in their prestigious auction of 
Jewellery and Fabergé from the Collection of H.R.H The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

According to Cecil Beaton’s diary, this was the first of six portraits that he took of her before her marriage in 1960. Taken on July 8, 1949, it was published on her birthday, August 21. He recalled: 
“She was at Lords for the Eton and Harrow match, and got back a bit late but she is such a quick dresser that a few moments after her return she appeared changed into the new evening dress Hartnell had supplied her that morning – a dull dress of white tulle embroidered with sequin butterflies and a rainbow tulle scarf around the waist. She looked very pretty and wore quite a lot of make-up – and the eyes are of a piercing blue – catlike and fierce and so very pristine and youthful….”

He went on to say that he recalls: 
“This is very exciting she said as she walked up the long red carpeted arcade towards the Chinese drawing room in which we had placed all our complicated apparatus. I trust I haven’t dragged you away from Lords – Oh it wasn’t a drag, she said… “

He finished by mentioning: 
“She had been up till 5.30 the night before (she likes the peace and anonymity of the 400 nightclub) and towards the end of the two hour sitting, started to wilt and became very tired….” 

Frances Noble,
 Head of the Jewellery Department and Associate Director at Dix Noonan Webb, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the price achieved today for the Art Deco bracelet formerly in the collection of HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. It not only reflects the strength of the current auction market but also the overriding importance of provenance. Princess Margaret was photographed wearing this bracelet on numerous occasions which certainly added to the appeal of the piece, attracting international interest and extremely competitive bidding - an exceptional result for the vendor.”
 
Dix Noonan Webb hold four specialist Jewellery, Watches and Object of Vertu sales each year. Other highlights of today’s sale, so far, have been a stunning 
Art Deco aquamarine cocktail ring by Cartier, circa 1940, accompanied by the original hand drawn design options, which sold for £24,800 against an estimate of £4,000-6,000.  It is being sold by the family who had originally commissioned the ring [lot 199].

Also of note was
a pair of early 20th century diamond earrings, each set with a transitional-cut diamond weighing 2.82 and 3.04 carats, beneath a similarly-cut diamond surmount, mounted in platinum and gold, which had a length of 15mm and sold for £23,560 against an estimate of £10,000-£12,000 [lot 241] and a late 19th century Burmese sapphire ring, set with an oval-shaped sapphire weighing approximately 6.20 carats, each claw inlaid with a rose-cut diamond, to a tapering and reeded hoop, mounted in gold, realised £17,360 against an estimate of £5,000-£6,000 [lot 211].

***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PRICES INCLUDE 24% BUYERS PREMIUM ***

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
Dix Noonan Webb – a brief history
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000, however 30 years later, DNW is established as the premier medal auctioneer worldwide. Two years later, in 1993, it opened a coin department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens. In 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar as well as setting up a stand alone banknotes department and expanding into premises next door. In 2020 DNW achieved a total hammer price of £14,256,060 and the total number of lots sold across all departments was 24,400. To date the company has sold in excess of 350,000 lots totalling over £200 million.
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