On Tuesday April 19th, esteemed auctioneers of fine art Bonhams will display over 200 jewels from the Estate of George and Charlotte Shultz right here near Chinatown. All the dazzling jewelry are to include pristine selections of museum quality, including more than 70 from Tiffany & Co.
Charlotte with George Shultz wearing Tiffany & Co., Hedges and Rows Necklace
Notable pieces from Tiffany & Co. worn by Charlotte include designer Jean Schlumberger’s “Hedges and Rows,” and “scarf” necklace. Charlotte was often seen embellishing the tricolored turquoise, yellow beryl, and diamond “Hedges and Rows” to several opulent galas, matching the necklace, estimated to be worth $150,000-200,000, with equally coruscating gowns of vibrant yellows and deep teals.
Charlotte with Tony Bennett wearing Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.
The “Scarf” necklace, worth around $100,000-150,000, graced the presence of Tony Bennett at the Find Your Light gala, while other prominent Tiffany & Co. jewelry met key world leaders including Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II during Charlotte's tenure as San Francisco’s chief of protocol.
Charlotte was devoted to several different public service causes, both attending and hosting galas while serving on multiple boards and volunteering around San Francisco. Consistent with her devotion to these lavish fundraiser events was her sense of fashion, as she was always seen donning resplendent gowns crafted by a range of significant designers from Caroline Herrera to Oscar de la Renta.
Equally fashionable and always at her side was the love of her life George Shultz. George was a highly ranked statesman, working four different cabinet roles alongside three presidents, including being secretary of state for President Ronald Reagan. Together the power couple led many philanthropic endeavors while also being leaders in the high-fashion world.
Charlotte, as Mayor London Breed fondly recalls, “was a woman of unparalleled grace and generosity who loved San Francisco like no other.” By having board positions on the SFMOMA, Opera, and Ballet, just to name a few, it is only fitting that the esteemed pair’s spectacular collection finds its auction home back here with Bonhams as well.
The event will be held at 601 California St on Tuesday April 19 from 5-7:30PM.
Photography by: Bonhams, Drew Alitzer