April Auction Highlights

Posted in: News on May 13, 2019.

April’s sale was a great success at Dawson’s and we enjoyed some extraordinary results, including the sale of a collection of important Russian icons and some show-stopping pieces of jewellery.

Our furniture section showcased some exemplary examples of craftsmanship, spanning from the 18th to the 20th century. Key pieces sold easily over their estimates. Notable results included a unusual David Linley specimen breakfront sideboard which sold for £2,000 (plus BP) and a George IV satinwood marble topped glazed low bookcase for £1,100 (plus BP).

Iconography is an integral aspect of Orthodox and Catholic religion and was popularised in Medieval Europe during a time when religion and state ruled together and had much influence over people’s lives. Dawson’s has enjoyed some really exceptional results in the sale of such votive objects in recent months and April’s auction was no exception. Lot 297, an 18th century Russian icon depicting the annunciation sold for a staggering £22,000 (plus BP), after a fierce bidding war that spanned all of our bidding platforms, the icon was hammered down to a very happy private collector.

Icons weren’t the only thing selling for unprecedented sums. Thanks to a plethora of stunning jewels that walked through our door on one of our valuation days, we saw some incredible results for some stunning pieces of jewellery design. An Art Deco Cartier diamond and aquamarine brooch sold for £10,000 (plus BP), whilst a pair of Van Cleef and yellow gold, diamond and sapphire earrings sold for £7,200 (plus BP) .

Other highlights included a collection of Churchill ephemera including the butt of a cigar smoked by the very man, which sold for £2,000 (blus BP), a tournament of chess masters signed print for £4,000 and a Japanese Nanban style domed casket for £4,400 (plus BP).

If you have a collection or single item that you would be interested in selling, please contact us today for a free auction valuation.


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