Dawsons dedicated Jewellery, Watches & Silver auction on the 11th March was a roaring success...
Our most recent auction on 11th March, comprised a wide range of pieces; from affordable everyday items to designer jewels, statement and investment pieces, antique and modern jewellery alike. Throughout 2020 into 2021, jewellery has proven itself to be as popular as ever, whether purchased as gift or investment. We have been encouraged hearing clients telling us how much they are looking forward to showing their new jewels off after the lockdown!
Designer jewellery has always been sought after by collectors; the older the piece the rarer it often becomes and we were delighted to be able to offer a wide selection of designer jewels in our March auction. Names such as Cartier, Tiffany, Hermes and Boodles sat alongside Grima, Georg Jensen, and Leo de Vroomen, as well as a large selection of antique pieces.
Some of our star lots in March included Lot 306 (above) - a Hermes anchor chain necklace; a classic design, originated for Hermes in 1938 by Robert Dumas, the style has long been synonymous with timeless elegance and allure. From a private London collection of designer jewels. Sold for £8,500.
Lot 339 (above) was a Cartier Trinity bangle. A signature design, created by Louis Cartier in the 1920s, and one which they have produced ever since in a series of elegant bangles, pendants, and rings. Due to retail overheads and branding costs, if you purchased this new today, it would cost over £8000; the benefit of buying pre-loved jewellery is that you won't have to pay those retail overheads. Sold for: £2,600.
Interestingly, we also offered two Cartier Trinity rings within the auction.
Lot 180 (above) was a charmingly classic Cartier bracelet, in the ‘Gentiane’ pattern. Purchased by our client over ten years ago from a vintage jewellery shop, this bracelet was looking for a new home again, and our team of experts found it! Sold for £2,900.
Lot 150 (above) was one of two Grima jewels within the auction. This opal and emerald pendant proved to be a firm favourite with Grima collectors. Set with three cabochon emeralds and a splendid boulder opal, the pendant exudes an artistry exclusively associated with Andrew Grima. Indeed, his jewels have been worn by Queen Elizabeth II, Jacqueline Onassis, and many more – this beautiful piece, inherited by a London-based client. Sold for £2,300.
Another unusual Grima piece within our online catalogue was Lot 329, a characteristically shaped gold ring shank, set rather curiously with the tip of a walrus’ tooth! The ring sold for several times its estimate, heated bidding from across the world saw a final hammer price of £1700.
One of our favourite lots of the sale was Lot 22 (above) a beautiful late 19th century Austrian brooch in the form of a butterfly, set with blue butterfly wings and a line of sparkling old-cut diamonds; still in the original box, with an attractive estimate and a targeted marketing campaign, the butterfly achieved high levels of interest. A fierce bidding war ensued... Sold for £2500.
The pieces sold at Dawsons are carefully evaluated, examined and confirmed as genuine before we agree to consign them for sale. Condition reports are always available to provide additional details if you wish, including close-up photographs of marks, condition, the items being worn, etc. so that you can buy with confidence.
Bidding is always available online via our website, or you can contact us directly to arrange a telephone or commission bid. Virtual viewings of up to ten lots at a time are available with one of our jewellery specialists; simply get in touch with our friendly team to agree a date to suit you.
We are now accepting consignments for our next Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver auction on April 15th.
Free, non-obligatory valuations are available with our specialists, who will give you expert, impartial advice and assist you at every stage of the process. Selling at auction couldn’t be easier.
Feel free to get in touch, we would love to hear from you: 0207 431 9445 / info@DawsonsAuctions.co.uk