Online Auction of a Desk Clock, probably Faberge by Workmaster Hjalmar Armfelt

Online Auction ending Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:00am EST – One antique 5” H x 5 ½ “Clock, probably Faberge by Workmaster Hjalmar Armfelt, made in St. Petersburg Russia between 1904 – 1917 of Diamonds, Nephrite Jadeite and Natural Ruby Corundum Gemstones. An independent appraisal dated June 27, 2017 values the clock at $400,000. Other consultants indicated that the Clock may be a Faberge Reproduction. Auction Markets will be selling the clock “AS-IS, WHERE-IS,” with all faults, without representations, guaranties, or warranties of any kind to the highest bidder above $50,000 on behalf of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee.

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Online Auction ending Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:00am EST – One antique 5” H x 5 ½“ Clock, probably Faberge by Workmaster Hjalmar Armfelt,  made in St. Petersburg Russia between 1904 – 1917 of Diamonds, Nephrite Jadeite and Natural Ruby Corundum Gemstones. Pursuant to an independent appraisal dated June 27, 2017, this clock was made by a work master in St. Petersburg Russia in the early 1900’s.  The Diamond Monogram Cypher of Nicholas II Emperor of Russia was only used for his Coronation, gifted for or made for the Emperor himself.  This gemstone clock having the diamond Cypher of Nicholas II Emperor of Russia makes this an extremely rare and collectible piece regardless of whether it is a Faberge or made by another work master of its time.  The independent appraisal dated June 27, 2017 values the clock at $400,000.   Auction Markets will be selling the clock “AS-IS, WHERE-IS,” with all faults, without representations, guaranties, or warranties of any kind to the highest bidder above $50,000 on behalf of a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee. 

 

According to the independent appraisal dated June 27, 2017, the clock consists of Translucent in Clarity Carved Green with Black Veining Color Nephrite that’s Hand Cut and Carved for this Clock weighing approximately 800.00ctw, 2- Transparent in Clarity, Bezel set Cabochon Cut Red Color Rubies measuring 3.0mm weighing .10pts each totaling .20pts ctw.  Diamonds consist of 185 in total with 184 prongs and 1 bezel set. The Round Old Point to Rose Cut diamonds (cut before 1920) measure 1.0mm, 1.1mm and 1.5mm weighing .01pts-.02pts each totaling approximately 3.00ctw.  These diamonds are Flawless to VVS1 in Clarity, D-E Colorless in Color.  Two prong set Round Old European Cuts (cut 1915-1950’s) measuring 2.9mm-3.0mm weighing .10pts each totaling .20pts ctw.  Diamonds are VV1-VVS2 in Clarity, F Colorless.  Approximate diamond weight for this clock is 3.20ctw.  The diamonds are set in silver and the trim in gilded gold.  This clock has ornate diamonds set swags, gold laurel wreaths with rosette accents, pink guilloche, Roman numerals, large hands have a red luminesces, second hand base has blue luminesces, diamond bezel, diamond encrusted Imperial Crown at the top and bottom of clock a Monogramed Diamond Cypher of Nicholas’s II Emperor of Russia.  Back of the clock has a fold out easel style strut.  The clock has a key with Nicholas II Emperor of Russia Double headed Eagle Coats of Arms on it.  There are three stamps on the back of this piece.  One is the makers mark Hjalmar Armfelt backwards RA, second is 88 gilded silver stamps required in Russia during this time and third is Faberge stamp of a women Kokoshnik in headdress facing to the right with the letter “a” standing for St. Petersburg’s Russia where this clock was made.  This clock, key and packaging box is all appropriately marked for original works of Faberge in St Petersburg Russia.  The clock is in working order and keeps time.  Weight of this clock is 264.7 grams.

 

The Clock was also appraised on June 1, 2011 by Sarah McCullom, AM of Hidden Treasure Appraisals, LLC and valued at $400,000.  In 2015 and 2016, the Chapter 7 Trustee consulted with two potential auctioneers: Sotheby’s and Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers, LLC.   Neither Sotheby’s nor Weschler's conducted or prepared an appraisal of the Clock.   Both Sotheby’s and Weschler's informally opined that the Clock may be a reproduction.  Sotheby’s additionally stated that the Clock appeared to be a reproduction made in the latter half of the 20th century after reviewing pictures of the Clock (but not the Clock itself).

 

A complete copy of the June 27, 2017 appraisal, enclosing a copy of the June 1, 2011 appraisal, is available for download from RealtyMarkets.com or by request by emailing Stephen Karbelk at stephen@auctionmarkets.com.

 

Date and Time of Auction:   Online Auction Ends Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:00am EST

The online auction should open on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00am EST and close on Thursday, September 28, 2017 starting at 11:00am.

Bidding Increments:  $1,000

Dynamic Closing Timeframe:  3 minutes

Auction Location:  RealtyMarkets.com

Contact Person:  Stephen Karbelk, Auction Markets, LLC at 571-481-1037 or stephen@auctionmarkets.com or Stephanie Young, Auction Markets, LLC at 571-223-9775 or stephanie@auctionmarkets.com.

 

Inspection:

 

This clock is available for inspection by appointment only.  The clock is located in a safe deposit box at a bank in Reston, Virginia, USA, approximately 20 miles outside of Washington, DC.

Location

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Provenance and Authenticity.  All items described are based on our research, based on the label(s) on the item(s) being sold and based on our conversation(s) with the former owner or Debtor.   This clock has been inspected and described by Tina L. Leight, Graduate Gemologist, GIA, owner of Gems Jewelry and Appraisals, Round Hill, Virginia.   You acknowledge that you have read the appraisal prepared by Tina L. Leight, Graduate Gemologist, GIA, owner of Gems Jewelry and Appraisals, Round Hill, Virginia dated June 27, 2017 and the enclosed Hidden Treasurers appraisal dated June 1, 2011. You understand that these are independent appraisals and are the professional opinions of each of the respective appraisers. 

This Clock has also been inspected by Sotheby’s and Weschler's Auctioneers & Appraisers, LLC.   You acknowledge that you have read the Full Description of the Clock summarizing the informal opinions of Sotheby’s and Weschler's. You understand that these are independent auctioneers and are the independent opinions of each of the respective auctioneers.

 

While we have taken great care to provide the most accurate description(s), we do not take responsibility for any errors whatsoever in any description(s).  All measurements are approximate.  Certain descriptions may also indicate that a certain part of an item being sold may be “Gold” or “Silver” or some other type of metal.  Unless a specific carat weight is provided in the description, please assume that the reference to the type of metal may only be the color and not the actual metal.   All assets are being sold in "AS-IS, WHERE-IS" condition and with all faults. Auction Markets, the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee, and their representatives make no representation, guaranty, or warranty, express or implied, as to the nature, quality, value, provenance, use, merchantability, marketability, completeness, or condition of any asset.  Specifically, Auction Markets and the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee make no representation, guaranty, or warranty, that the Clock is a Faberge by Workmaster Hjalmar Armfelt.  Auction Markets and the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee expressly disclaim any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  No sale shall be invalidated by reason of any defect or inaccuracy in any description or listing, and no liability shall be borne by Auction Markets and/or the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee with respect to such errors.  All information has been obtained from sources generally believed to be reliable, but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed or warranted by Auction Markets or the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee. By bidding you acknowledge it is your responsibility to inspect the asset(s) being sold and to make your own inquires and conclusions prior to bidding.   Please submit any inquiries about any item being sold to info@auctionmarkets.com


Asset Inspection.  The clock will only be available for inspection by appointment by contacting Stephen Karbelk, Auction Markets at 571-481-1037 or stephen@auctionmarkets.com or Stephanie Young, Auction Markets at 571-223-9975 or stephanie@auctionmarkets.com.   The clock is located at bank in Reston, Virginia and may only be inspected at the bank during the bank’s business hours.   


Shipping Services.   No shipping services are provided by Auction Markets for this auction.  The winning bidder is responsible for arranging the pick-up of the clock by October 13, 2017. 

Time is of the Essence.  Time is of the essence with respect to all timelines and deadlines described in these terms and conditions.  All times are local time.