February Auction Sale Report
Posted in: News on March 19, 2019.
Our February sale was one of our most interesting and varied sales to date. With a saleroom packed with just about every antique imaginable, from fine art to ephemera and coins to Tibetan bronzes, there was something for every collector.
Our furniture section started with a Shapland and Petter mahogany display case, which sold way above estimate for £2,700. This exceptional piece showcased the very best elements of design from the period, with flashes of mother of pearl inlay and satinwood marquetry. Heralding from a bedroom come gothic Victorian bar in Hackney, a vast amount of our furniture section was from a collector with a penchant for stained glass and dark furniture. This included a Black Forest hunting themed mantel clock, which sold for £800 and an elaborately carved 19th century Chinese corner cabinet selling for £1,700.
Another collection of antiques was discovered in a Hampstead town house. This included a collection of painstakingly stitched stumpworks which sold collectively for £3,500 and a George III ash and elm comb-back Windsor armchair for £1,700.
Next up our Asian section also enjoyed some strong results. Two Tibetan bronzes put under the gavel caused quite the stir with international buyers, attracting bidders both online and on the phones. Both bronzes sold for well into the thousands. Another highlight was an agate snuff bottle with a coral stopper, this beautiful example of Chinese inside painting sold for £850.
Our coin section saw fierce bidding wars on a collection of coins discovered in North London. The vendor was thrilled as all 15 of their lots sold for just over £15,000.
The sale finished with over 200 lots of jewellery and watches, and as one of our strongest departments we were by no means surprised to see some handsome results. Carrying on the trend of buyers coveting pieces by big designer power houses such as Cartier, we saw a solitaire diamond ring by the aforementioned maker selling for £9300, while a gentleman’s Cartier wristwatch sold for £4,600. Furthermore Dawson’s had the privilege of offering a rare Fuset Y Grau platinum, diamond, onyx and ivory pendant which sold for £2000.
Other notable highlights of the sale were a Rene Lalique ‘Agnes’ opalescent bowl which sold for £2100, a Russian silver and hardstone bowl bearing St. Petersburg 1898 – 1903 marks at £6,400 and a fine Edwardian musical longcase clock at £4,800.
Our next auction is the 23rd March and entries are invited. If you have a collection or single item that you would be interested in selling, please contact us today for a free auction valuation.