July Antiques auction achieves a new record


Dawson’s monthly Fine Art Auction on Saturday July the 27th, featured 742 lots consigned from across the UK and Internationally. A busy viewing day on Friday was a precursor to what was set to be an exceptional sale. There were over 700 online bidders registered across 3 platforms and a record number of phone bids were booked.

At 10am the sale started with our furniture section, and wit strong bidding across the board we saw some exceptional results. Lot 3 a French late 19th century vitrine, consigned from a house clearance in Hampstead, made £5,000 (plus buyers premium), swiftly followed by Lot 7, another vitrine cabinet in the Louis XV style, that made £4,600 (plus buyers premium).


Lot 12 another larger serpentine front, kingwood vitrine achieved £7,500 (plus buyers premium).


Contemporary furniture was also well represented, with a much coveted ‘Traccia’ occasional table designed by Meret Oppenheim, which had made the journey from a house in Italy, making over £2,200 plus buyers premium. From the same house, a desk designed by the Italian Neo-Rationalist, Franco Albini sold for £400 (plus buyers premium), and a birdseye maple linen press stamped Maple & Co sold for £350 (plus buyers premium).



Highlights in the following Art department lots included ‘The Board Meeting’, Oil on Board, by Ruskin Spear for £4,400 (plus buyers premium) and then the ‘People Don’t Live Here Anymore’, oil on canvas, that made £3,600 (plus buyers premium). The artist Peter Brook is well known in Yorkshire and the successful bidder made the journey down to Maidenhead to ensure they were the winning bidder. Incidentally, Brook was highly influenced by Laurence Stephen Lowry, who’s signed and editioned print ‘Group of Children’ sold for £850 (plus buyers premium).



Decorative Arts and Objects of Virtue performed well, the highlight being a Russian Bronze group of a horse and foal by Eugene Lanceray. Consigned by a London client who walked in to one of our open valuation days, after a flurry of international bidding the the work bronze sold for £17,000 (plus buyers premium).


Other featured lots included:

Two hand painted plates by Royal Worcester £750 (plus buyers premium).



A 1960’s Harvey Guzzini table lamp £550 (plus buyers premium).



An Alfredo Ravasco agate bowl £1,800 (plus buyers premium).



Silver continues to sell very well. From a collection of 75 Lots, 69 were sold achieving a total hammer of £22,000 (plus buyers premium). Including lot 246, a late Victorian silver entree dish by Cornelius Joshua for £1,100 (plus buyers premium).



A Faberge silver cigarette case £3200 (plus buyers premium).


A Victorian silver plated claret jug £750 (plus buyers premium).



Over 300 lots of watches and jewellery went under the hammer, including a Victorian diamond and garnet brooch £1,100 (plus buyers premium).


A gold, diamond, aquamarine and pearl pendant £500 (plus buyers premium).


A 9ct yellow gold solid curb linked bracelet £900 (plus buyers premium).


Dawson’s Auctioneers hold monthly Fine Art, Antiques & Jewellery auctions. We hold weekly drop in valuation days in Maidenhead and Hampstead, plus can visit your property by arrangement nationwide. The next auction is on August 24th. For help and professional advice please call us or email info@dawsonsauctions.co.uk

Aubrey Dawson

Aubrey Dawson

Aubrey has over 20 years’ experience as an Auctioneer & Valuer under his belt and is our resident watch expert (he loves them). You may have been fortunate enough to have seen Aubrey in action on TV, as he was a regular on several BBC programmes over the years (including Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow).

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