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    Sale 12182

    Important Jewels

    18 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 93


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    Each designed as a bombé half-hoop of circular-cut diamonds, within openwork oval-shaped gold surrounds, circa 1950, 1 1/8 ins., with French assay marks for 18k gold
    Signed R. Boivin for René Boivin, with maker's marks

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that Lot 93 is not circa 1950, as stated in the catalogue
    Please note that a party with a financial interest will be bidding on Lots 93 through 108

    Pre-Lot Text

    Robert S. Olnick and his wife, Sylvia Nadel Olnick, were deeply committed to culture and community. Whether in New York, Palm Beach, or Israel, the couple devoted themselves to the promotion of the public good, building a business and philanthropic network that changed countless lives.

    Sylvia Nadel Olnick was born in New York City and graduated from New York University. Known for her elegance, intelligence and worldly glamour, she and her husband Robert found inspiration in each other and were beloved partners in philanthropy and collecting. They travelled often and found inspiration and joy in their time abroad. Following her husband’s death in 1986, Mrs. Olnick only became more ardent in her giving, supporting initiatives in New York, Palm Beach, and beyond. At the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, she established the Robert S. Olnick Case Development Fund, bridging the law and real estate fields to which her husband had contributed so greatly. Mrs. Olnick was an especially keen supporter of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, where she sat on the board of trustees, served as honorary chairman, and founded the Palm Beach Friends of the Israel Museum. A member of the American Jewish Committee Women’s Leadership Board, Mrs. Olnick was honored by the organization in 2003 for her unwavering leadership and advocacy.

    Robert and Sylvia Olnick possessed a profound love for art and culture, one that culminated in a noteworthy collection of works by important Modern and Contemporary artists. The Olnick residences in New York and Palm Beach were home to paintings, drawings and sculptures by master artists such as Josef Albers, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Alexander Calder, Hans Hofmann, Robert Rauschenberg, and Willem de Kooning. Through visits to museums, galleries, and simply living each day with art, the couple passed on their passion to their daughters, Barbara Lane and Nancy Olnick. Internationally recognized collectors and arts benefactors in their own right, Barbara and Nancy continue to further their parents’ vision in creativity and philanthropy. Nancy Olnick’s passion for Italian art and design led her, and her husband, Giorgio Spanu, to found Magazzino of Italian Art (MIA) in Garrison, New York. Barbara Lane and her husband, became devoted proponents of Pop Art, and continue to collect both classic Pop Art and more recent work by artists working with found imagery and popular culture.

    In community, philanthropy, and art, building came naturally to Robert and Sylvia Olnick, committed patrons of a better world. Christie’s is honored to offer jewels from Sylvia Olnick’s collection— works that reflects the elegance, style, and charm of this philanthropic and artistically-minded woman.



    Cf. F. Cailles, René Boivin: Jeweler, Paris, Éditions de l’Amateur, 1994, p. 283