Published On: Sun, May 22nd, 2016

Joan Rivers Would Want You To Have this lovely Fabergé

Joan Rivers

it’s been nearly two years since comedienne Joan Rivers death during a routine vocal chord procedure at a New York clinic.

Now, Christie’s releases an exquisite assortment of personal pieces from Joan Rivers’ remarkable Manhattan Penthouse that they will sell at from June 16-23,  with a portion of the proceeds benefiting both God’s Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs For The Blind.

The June 22 auction in New York will encompass the breadth of the late entertainer’s exceptional and eclectic taste, including decorative arts, paintings, fine French furniture and Fabergé.



In terms of rarity and importance, the collection is led by a jewelled, gold-mounted Fabergé lily of the valley leaf (above). It relates to a number of lily of the valley studies by Fabergé with imperial provenance, but is apparently one of only two extant examples of a leaf study, the other being in the Geddings Gray Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With more than 200 lots offered in the live sale on June 22 and approximately 80 lots in the online sale, estimates will range from $500 up to $200, 000.


Among the personal objects, which reflect Joan’s knowledgeable connoisseurship of fine and decorative arts and witty sense of humor, include a beautiful Edouard Vuillard painting, Dans L’Atelier, painted circa 1915 (estimate: $120, 000-180, 000), an assorted group of Joan Rivers’ table linens (estimate: $500-800), and a sapphire and diamond brooch (estimate: $10, 000-15, 000).

It includes what Helen Culver Smith, Head of the Russian Works of Art department at Christie’s, describes as a collection of Fabergé with a strong exhibition history ‘that represents the superb craftsmanship that made the firm renowned.’



She also chose masterpieces of Fabergé’s jewellery, including an impressive star sapphire. ‘The size and depth of the cabochon star sapphire and the way in which Fabergé’s workmaster, August Holmström, has showcased it in a sympathetic diamond surround are breathtaking, ’ remarks Culver Smith. This incredible jewel (Estimate: $70, 000-90, 000) was once in the collection of the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (1847 -1909), whose passion for jewels was legendary.

In addition to objets d’art and jewels, the collection contains beautiful and diverse examples of Fabergé frames. Designed with Russian hardstones such as nephrite and rhodonite, as well as rich guilloché enamels, these frames represent the best of Fabergé’s ability to transform everyday objects into works of art.


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