March Auction – Gold Rush in Maidenhead

Posted in: News on March 27, 2018.

Gold was the recurring theme of Dawson’s March auction at the Maidenhead Saleroom.  Over 750 lots of furniture, antiques, jewellery and collectables were on offer, consigned from private properties across central London and the South East. The valuations and probate team had completed over 70 house appointments since the February auction, across 8 counties, in spite of the snow! The Saleroom was very busy, over 200 cups of complementary tea & coffee were consumed and we nearly ran out of biscuits!

A local private client was thrilled when their family collection of gold coins went under the hammer. With multiple phone bidders and strong committed bidding in the room, 100% sale success was achieved with all 58 lots sold. There were sovereigns through to Krugerrands, plus some rarer specimen proof coin sets. In total they achieved over £28,000 plus buyers premium.

Consigned from Warwickshire, an 18ct yellow gold Patek Philippe ‘Gubelin’ mechanical wristwatch received plenty of pre-sale interest. It was hammered down to a private internet bidder, for £3,500 plus buyers premium.

Assisting a downsizing family in Surrey produced a quality collection of over 40 lots of glass. Impressive pieces by Daum, Baccarat, Orrefors, Loetz and Rene Lalique all sold well. The star glass lot was undoubtedly an extensive 64 piece suite of St Louis crystal drinking glasses in the ‘Stella Décor Gold’ pattern. Valuing such a large collection caused some furrowed brows, as research showed previously only smaller collections had come to auction in the UK.

Would the amount of pieces on offer in one lot deter the buyers? Six phone bidders, frenzied online bidding and raised hands in the room proved otherwise. Finally selling for £3,100 plus buyers premium. Now we just have to pack them…

From the same collection came a small group of Royal Crown Derby porcelain. The amount of condition report requests suggested that the Imari pattern with it’s gold highlighting remains ever popular. A determined client in the room beat all the commission bids to secure them for £1,550 plus buyers premium.

Fifty lots of Asian Art were on offer, including jade, ceramics and bronzes. An 18th century and later collection of five Indian portrait miniatures, gouache with gold on paper were particularly striking and of historical interest. Relating to the Battle of Buxar (October 1764), Mughal Emperor Shah Alam and the East India Company they realised £1,300 plus buyers premium.

A pretty 19th century walnut and gilt mounted credenza stood out for still having its original curved glass intact and an oval Sevres style plaque. It sold to a bidder on the phone for £700 plus buyers premium.



Moving away from gold onto pewter, consigned during one of our Hampstead valuation days, was a distinctive Tudric Art Nouveau enamelled vase, attributed to Archibald Knox. Of particular interest due to its five inset enamelled medallions, it sold to an online bidder for £650 plus buyers premium.

Lladro is like marmite…..those with the ‘love it’ gene (note current TV campaign) were out in force on Saturday. An impressive private collection of 23 pieces all sold. The star piece, a hunting scene group measuring a striking 49cms by 60cms achieved £950 plus buyers premium to one of the many collectors in the room.

Obviously needing a strong drink after a full day in the saleroom, a happy buyer paid £450 plus buyers premium for a bottle of Barnett 1860 Vintage Liqueur Champagne Cognac. Cheers!




To round off an incredibly busy sale, Lot 764 was last but certainly not least. Consigned to our Hampstead office, a 9ct yellow gold charm bracelet suspended with multiple charms achieved £900 plus buyers premium.

Looking forward to our next monthly auction on April 21st we already have some very interesting and large house clearances in the diary. Entries are most welcome until 6th April.















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