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Autumn Season Success

Posted in: News on November 6, 2017.

October has seen the beginning of a very busy period for us here at Dawson’s, with the introduction of our first specialist sale along with our monthly Antiques and Collectables sale.

No surprises that it was the diamonds that shone in our auction on the 21st. The Art Deco platinum and diamond ring centred with an old European cut diamond  garnered the most pre-sale interest, selling for £3,000, and a beautiful diamond brooch sold for £1,500. But it was not just diamonds that proved to be popular this October. An emerald ring went for £1,000. Vintage jewellery is so full of stories – goodness knows what parties that ring’s been to!

From diamonds to another favourite, gold. Gold can always be relied upon to  get top prices, and a 1950s 9ct yellow gold cigarette case was no exception, selling for £2,100. Our watch department also did well. A Rolex Datejust II Oyster Perpetual wristwatch with 18ct white gold bezel was sold at £4,300. This was followed by a Piaget 18ct gold and diamond ladies wristwatch, selling for £2,100. Being on time has never been so fashionable!

The art department  was very pleased with its sale results. Pieter van der Werff’s exquisitely painted early 18th century portraits of a Dutch lady and gentleman sold as a pair for £4,200, and, in a lovely turn of fate, are heading back to the Netherlands, where they were originally painted.

Selling for £2,100 was a seascape entitled After a Stormy Night by Thomas Rose Miles. We were all particularly excited to sell Level Crossing with Train, a limited edition signed Lowry print. This went for £1,600. Finally, a pair of watercolours of the docks by Charles Dixon sold for £1,500.

A rare George III mahogany shell collecting cabinet, attributed to Gillows, was sold for £2,500.

In tribal art, currently a particularly strong market, we sold an unusual 19th century African tribal wooden figure for £2,300 after a fierce bidding war between several bidders. The figure seemingly portrays a Westerner as a devil. Not sure we can take that as a compliment!

Moving onto the Rare Books, Stamps and Maps sale. A small volume entitled A Collection of Plans of the Principal Cities of Great Britain and Ireland by Andrew Drury sold for £1,850, while its companion, A New General & Universal Atlas went for £900. Henry C. Andrew’s Botanists Repository, with 360 beautifully hand coloured plates, was hammered down at £1,700. A lovely limited edition signed copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold for £1,000. Top selling map was, unsurprisingly, a John Speed entitled The Invasions of England and Ireland with al their Civill Wars Since the Conquest (catchy title). It sold for £740.

It’s all hands on deck until Christmas now. Coming up on the 4th of November is our Rock and Pop sale. We have our next Antiques and Collectables auction on the 25th of November. This is followed by Mark Hill’s 20th century design sale on the 2nd of December, and special Christmas sale of Fine Jewellery, Watches and silver is on the 16th. We are currently consigning for the latter three sales.


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