March Sale Highlights
Posted in: News on May 2, 2019.
After a long grey winter, spring really felt as if it was in the air this month. With some truly exceptional results including a selection of Japanese woodblock prints, it would appear cherry blossom season is finally here.
Starting with our furniture section, notable results included a rare 19th century American walnut longcase clock by H J Pepper of Philadelphia, which sold for £1500, and a set of eight gilt-painted French style dining chairs sell for £1400.
Next up, our ever exciting Asian section did not fail to disappoint. A selection of porcelain pieces soared above their estimates, including a 19th century famille rose charger, which sold for £600 and two Chinese export plates selling for the same sum. The highlight of our journey into the Orient was a single owner collection of carefully curated prints, attracting buyers from both Japan and the USA, primarily for a selection of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, by Japanese masters such as Kuniyoshi and Utagawa which sold for £5000.
Rock and pop memorabilia collectors also enjoyed an array of interesting lots,including an autograph book containing signatures by musical legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens and Englebert Humperdinck. Fierce bidding on the phones resulted in a £4000 hammer, and a very happy local vendor.
This month, Dawson’s had an exceptional array of objects of vertu to entice those with a penchant for the sublime. Some spectacular prices were achieved including a 19th century French gold mounted porcelain snuff bottle with a vinaigrette base, and a Cartier Art Deco compact, which hammered £1800 respectively.
Finishing off the sale with our watch and jewellery section, we saw a rare Omega 1966 ‘Ed White’ Speedmaster sell for £7,600, an impressive diamond ring with old European cut diamonds for £8000, and two beautiful pieces of Imperial jade sell for a collective hammer of £5400.
Other highlights included a 19th century Greek orthodox icon, which sold for £5600, a J. & L. Lobmeyr Persian glass beaker for £750, and a set of two portfolios containing Chinese propaganda prints for £750.
April is a somewhat special month for Dawson’s, as we will be holding not one, but two sales. First up, our Design at Home sale, curated by Mark Hill. This auction will be taking place at the Pure Evil gallery in Shoreditch on the 7th of April. With a fantastic selection of 20th century art and design, and some big names, such as Tracey Emin, Peter Howson and Fred Baier, this sale is a must for those with an interest in the contemporary.
Our second auction instalment will take place on the 27th of April at our Maidenhead saleroom, entries are invited up until the 12th of April. If you have a collection or single item that you would be interested in selling, please contact us today for a free auction valuation.