The Sun Shines on our February Auction

Posted in: News on February 28, 2018.

Dawson’s February auction of over 900 lots was another exciting sale. Brilliant sunshine filled the room on both the very busy viewing day on Friday and the sale on the Saturday.

As reported separately, a collection of rare Beatrix Potter letters, in private hands since they were written in 1942 achieved a superb £10,000 plus buyers premium.

Following the opening of our valuation office in Hampstead Central London, and with over 500 registered online bidders, it was no surprise to see strong prices achieved throughout the sale.

Our Asian department was well represented with 80 lots on offer. The £5200 plus buyers premium for a Chinese hardwood altar table was a strong start.

Next up was an early book of Persian erotic studies. Following determined bidding online and in the room, the eventual winning bid on the telephone was £5000 plus buyers premium.

Back to Europe and in a more classical vein, a charmingly weathered Italian Grand Tour serpentine study was hammered down to a buyer in the room for £4200 plus buyers premium. The vendor was delighted, having found it in a garden pond as a little girl many years ago.

Well executed animal studies will always find a home. After some ‘cunning’ online bidding a 1985 silver fox by Wakely & Wheeler was snapped up for £350 plus buyers premium.




Made a few years later in 1988 this striking silver Arts and Crafts style goblet by Michael Allen Bolton, one of 3 lots by this maker sold in the sale, went home to a delighted private collector for £680 plus buyers premium.

International telephone bidders then ensured that the Faberge name remains globally renowned, with a winning bid of £1800 plus buyers premium required to secure an Art Nouveau style vesta case.

Bringing the sale to a close was the Jewellery department. Amongst the diamonds it was another name synonymous with quality, Dunhill, that as always, proved very popular. Smoking might be out of fashion but this 18ct gold lighter certainly isn’t, achieving its high estimate of £1500 plus buyers premium.

Last but certainly not least in this trio of international brands, was Cartier. Instantly recognisable as their ‘Love’ design and consigned through our Hampstead office, this pair of 18ct white gold and diamond earrings had their all important box and paperwork. Maybe bought as a (very) late valentines gift (or thinking ahead!) they sold for £1600 plus buyers premium.

With our valuer’s diaries full of house visits far and wide across the the UK in the coming weeks….we are looking forward to an exciting Spring auction season, watch this space!

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