Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

A c.1600-1610 elephant automaton clock

Elephant in the room: an exceptional clock

18 October 2021

A rare 17th century elephant automaton clock was the star of the Christie’s New York Exceptional sale when it sold at $2.15m (£1.58m) to a private buyer.

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Charles I makes a return in embroidery form

18 October 2021

Of such high quality that they justify the description ‘cabinet miniatures’, examples of a small group of silk and metal thread embroideries of Charles I can be seen in the V&A and Wallace Collection in London and in the New York Met.

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Breguet astronomical quarter repeating watch

18 October 2021

On October 22 Skinner in Massachusetts is holding a sale of watches and timepieces from the estate of David G Newsom.

Mourning rings

Mourning glory: set of rings takes £31,000

11 October 2021

Gold and enamel mourning rings remembered at Birmingham auction.

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Asian art dealer previews: Jewels showcased in St James’s

11 October 2021

Asian antique jewellery specialist Sue Ollemans offers this Indian pair of early 19th century earrings made in Lucknow.

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Asian art auction previews: Fringe benefit

11 October 2021

This Indian gold necklace with a fringe of ruby and imitation pearl drops and flowerheads of green paste and moonstone has a guide of £1800-2400 at Bonhams’ sale of Islamic and Indian art on October 25.

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Edinburgh rarity clocks in at £36,000

27 September 2021

Edinburgh-made clocks that predate 1700 are rare.

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Ornate work of clockmaker Lévy Frères emerges in German sale

27 September 2021

From the middle of the 19th century, Parisian clockmaker Lévy Frères, which had established a workshop in the late 1820s, was a highly successful manufacturer of timepieces in the neo-rococo style.

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Explorer Rolex finds eager buyer

27 September 2021

A Richard Winterton (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Lichfield included this 1973 Rolex Explorer II which sparked international interest.

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Jewellery: Koopman Rare Art grows its presence with the arrival of two ex-Sotheby’s specialists

20 September 2021

After settling in to its new showroom in the West End, Koopman Rare Art has expanded its jewellery department.

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‘Subtle and charming’ Dawson enamel

20 September 2021

The career course of Edith Robinson (1862-1929), a London art teacher and painter of chocolate box watercolours was changed in 1893 when she and her new husband, the Stamford artist Nelson Dawson (1859-1941) attended a series of lectures given by the enameller Alexander Fisher.

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Dates to remember for mourning jewellery

20 September 2021

Fellows’ Fine Jewellery sale in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter on September 30 includes an extraordinary collection of 63 mourning rings.

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Grima and Roux cook up a unique recipe

20 September 2021

His daring organic sculptural designs re-energised the British jewellery scene in post-war Britain, now Andrew Grima’s (1921-2007) creations are leading the revival of ‘60s and ‘70s designer jewellery on the secondary market.

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Many happy returns for Margaret’s birthday gift

20 September 2021

It is difficult to replicate the occasion of a royal themed auction. Ergo not everything that resurfaces on the market from the fabled ‘Princess Margaret’ sale at Christie’s in June 2006 shows a great appreciation in value.

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Four upcoming jewellery highlights including a necklace with a Duke of Wellington provenance

20 September 2021

A selection of four upcoming jewellery lots including a necklace comprising 21 cameos and intaglios previously owned by the Duke of Wellington.

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Six sapphires catching bidders' eyes at auction this summer

20 September 2021

A selection of sapphires that drew interest at auction over the last two months

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‘America’s finest gemstones’ make an appearance at Bonhams Los Angeles

20 September 2021

Sapphire mining at the Yogo Gulch in Montana began in 1895 after a cigar box of pale blue gems picked from a creek by a local rancher found its way to Tiffany’s in New York, where an appraiser pronounced them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”.

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Curzon and Campbell families etched in stone

20 September 2021

A recent sale at Wotton Auction Rooms (21.6% buyer’s premium) in Wotton-Under-Edge included this set of three yellow metal fobs set with carnelian intaglios.

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Rare reward poster for never recovered ‘Irish Crown Jewels’

20 September 2021

The so-called Irish Crown Jewels or State Jewels of Ireland, were created in 1831 for the Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order of St Patrick. The order was established as an Irish equivalent of the English order of the Garter and the Scottish Order of the Thistle.

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Sterlé’s rare birds soar in Sussex and Dublin

20 September 2021

Combining technical mastery with recurring motifs derived from nature, Pierre Sterlé’s (1905-1978) style is instantly recognisable.

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