DONALD STANNARD NECKLACE SET--ANN MILLER COLLECTION

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  • Item Category: Jewelry
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 21,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

A SPECIAL ITEM FOR FANS OF ANN MILLER

AND VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY COLLECTORS!

As a dealer and author in the vintage costume jewelry field, I often get calls from people who have costume jewelry to sell. Most of the time it's a wild goose chase but this call was different. It was from Ann Miller's personal companion and accountant telling me she wanted to sell all of Ann's costume jewelry for her estate.

She sent me a CD with a sampling of some of the glorious pieces from her collection and I went out to LA to view the entire collection. Four days later after being dazzled and delighted by the most gorgeous pieces of vintage costume jewelry I had ever seen, I was the proud owner of over 1000 pieces of top-notch jewels!

Nine huge jewelry cases were delivered to me in NYC by Brink's and I selected about 300 of the best pieces to be sold at auction in Los Angeles in June, 2005. The catalog represents highlights of that sale, including pieces by Balenciaga, Trifari, Schreiner, Kenneth Jay Lane, Miriam Haskell, Boucher, Jomaz, Chanel and Donald Stannard, who was her dear friend and designer of many of the pieces she wore on Broadway.

As a special bonus , the winner of this auction will receive as a gift, the 24 page illustrated catalog from the auction. Donald Stannard wrote the introduction describing how he first met Ann and how their working and personal relationships developed over the years, during which time he created many pieces for both her personal collection and jewelry for her to wear on stage on Broadway and in London.

Most of Ann Miller's costume jewelry collection has been sold over the past few years, but I retained a few pieces for my private collection, some of which I'm listing for sale on ebay.

This glorious set is made of textured silver plated metal, enamelled coral and black, the combination often found in original Art Deco jewelry from the 1920s-30s. The necklace is 22" long including the pendant that is 2 1/4" long. The bracelet is 7 1/8" long x 7/8" wide and the ear clips (not made for pierced ears) are 2 1/4" long x 1 1/4" at the center. The set is circa 1970s.

The overall condition is excellent with no signs of wear but there is one square rhinestone missing in the necklace at the back. Please see the photo above.
Please check out my other items including the auction catalog from the Ann Miller auction of costume jewelry from her personal collection that was held in Los Angeles in 2005.

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