Our first sale of the decade saw a great start to the year for Dawsons, with a select sale of antiques, fine art, and jewellery and the contents of several large London homes.
The sale began with paintings and the bidding got started right away with bids coming in from internet bidders, and telephone bidders from across the world. Lot 3, a beautiful portrait of a young woman in the manner of Herman Van Der Mijn (1684-1741, Dutch), sold for £5,100. A fine oil painting depicting a scene of musicians in the snow by Polish artist Franciszek Streitt (1839-1890) sold for £5,100.
In the decorative arts department, we were delighted to handle the sale of a beautiful George III Chippendale style chinoiserie wall mirror which sold for £3,000. A Russian bronze sculpture after Eugene Lanceray (1848-1886), modelled as a Cossack bidding farewell to his lover, sold for £4,400 hammer.
Our Asian Art department showed some strong results and one of the highlights was a fine Qing dynasty porcelain bowl with coral ground, which sold for £6,200.
The clocks and watches department always features a fine selection of pieces and two notable lots this month were a 9ct gold Cartier travel clock, hallmarked London 1964, which sold for £4,200 and the top highlight of the sale a fine and rare Patek Philippe Nautilus automatic wristwatch, which sold for £48,000.
Our jewellery department, as always, gathered a great deal of attention and bidding, with antique and contemporary pieces alike selling well. Highlights included an opera length necklace of natural saltwater and freshwater pearls, which sold for £3,400. A diamond drop pendant necklace sold for £3,200, and a similar bracelet from the same collection sold for £1,500 hammer. A beautiful multi-coloured natural diamond brooch/pendant consigned by a client in Holland sold for £2,000 to a buyer in America.
We are now accepting consignments until Tuesday 11th February for our next Fine Art, Antiques, and Jewellery auction on the 22nd February.