Dawson’s July Sale Report

Posted in: News on July 24, 2017.

With strong sales in every category, our July auction at Dawson’s was a roaring success and we are proud to present this Sale Report.

The Asian Art department were delighted with the sale of the Meiji period Japanese bronze of a komainu leaving the saleroom at £4,600 with two phone bidders battling it out.

An unusual adjustable bank of glass and brass display shelves garnered a huge amount of pre-sale interest, and sold after a strong bidding war for £850.

Our top lot in the Fine Art department was a lovely early 20th century oil on canvas study of dogs in a country house interior by Florence Jay, selling for £2,100.

However, it was the King’s College zoological watercolours that were really the highlights of in this sale. Should you not have seen our July set up, we adorned the walls with a consignment of sixty anatomical, zoological and entomological paintings, transforming the saleroom into a science department! These studies were used as teaching aids in early 20th century science lessons at King’s College London. Having accumulated a huge amount of interest, with even an article in the Times published about them, every single lot in the collection sold, with two phone bidders fighting it out for the majority and every lot making over estimate. Top seller in this group was a lot of three studies of lizards, selling for £1,100.


There were quite a few famous faces in the saleroom on Saturday with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Depeche Mode gracing us with their presence in the form of pop memorabilia. Pre-sale interest, particularly on the autographed Hendrix record of Are You Experienced, meant we got it away to one very happy telephone bidder for £1,200.

As ever, silver did well. A lovely William IV silver coffee pot by the much sought after Paul Storr sold for £2,200. A favourite lot of ours and the many who viewed it was a very finely and naturistically modelled silver fox by CJ Vander Ltd. It was bought for £1,700. One of the most interesting lots in the Silver Department and in fact in the sale was the Battle of Waterloo silver mounted horse hoof inkwell. Well publicised to many historical and military interest societies around the UK, this piece of Napoleonic history sold for £1,750.

The Jewellery Department saw some strong results with a luxurious sovereign coin bracelet, set with seven full sovereigns dating from 1895-1901. It sold for £1,600. This was followed by a couple of diamond pieces – notably a white gold and diamond ring selling for £1,200 and a pair of 15ct yellow gold and diamond solitaire ear studs for £900. In watches, an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean automatic wristwatch made £1,500, followed by another Omega Seamaster automatic for £1,000.


Dawson’s Auctioneers hold an antiques and collectables sale once a month, and six specialist auctions a year. We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 5pm for drop in valuations, otherwise by appointment. The next sale of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables will be on Saturday 26th of August at 10am. Viewings will be held on the Thursday and Friday prior. For more information please contact us. Dawson’s have also just set dates for another specialist sale –  Rare Books & Stamps sale on Saturday 28th of October. Entries are currently being accepted for all sales.

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