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.

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Masterpiece to include Wrest Park treasures

23 May 2022

Clock specialist Carter Marsh will dedicate much of its stand at Masterpiece London to the third and final part of the remarkable John C Taylor collection of horological items.

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Street art: The inter-war version in ceramics

23 May 2022

Popular figures were created in Chelsea by husband and wife duo Charles and Nell Vyse

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A Knibb golden opportunity: table clock emerges in German auction

16 May 2022

This Charles II ebony and silvermounted table clock by the London golden-age clockmaker Joseph Knibb (1640-1711) emerged for sale in Germany.

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Nelson mourning ring by ‘special request’

16 May 2022

The Marine Sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) included a very rare gold and enamel ring marking the death of Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805.

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Farnham antiques centre targeted by thieves

12 May 2022

A Farnham antiques centre is hoping to track down items stolen after a break in last week.

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Swiss peak proves to be a bargain price 15 years on

09 May 2022

During the late summer of 1907, the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler visited the Engadin region and painted six landscapes of nearby mountains.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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Indian pieces including jewellery owned by the mother of the Maharajah Duleep Singh attract bids at Bonhams

25 April 2022

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Bonhams (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) on March 29 was topped by a diamond and emerald set gold pendant from the collection of Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817-63).

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Pick of the week: Poniatowski fakes gained real appeal

18 April 2022

The story of the Poniatowski gems provided one of the great art scandals of its day.

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Tooth be told on toadstones

18 April 2022

Toadstones are understood to be the button-like palatal teeth of lepidotes, an extinct genus of ray finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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The web shop window: Victorian 'canine' cufflinks

18 April 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Chaise longue value lies in the maker

11 April 2022

Knowledgeable bidders spot a design by Owen Jones on offer in North Yorkshire

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Rothschild name tempts bidders

04 April 2022

Provenance adds cachet to a varied selection offered in regional sale after London first dibs

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Lantern clock unites Closon and White

28 March 2022

This clock sold at Veilinghuis de Jager (35% buyer’s premium) in Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands, brings together two important names in English lantern clocks.

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Amy Johnson’s ‘Weems’ takes flight

07 March 2022

In May 1930 Amy Johnson (1903-41) set off in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth called Jason to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia. The feat, followed by further long-distance solo and combined flights, earnt her place in aviation history.

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A Byzantine ring from Guilhou’s huge collection on offer in West Sussex

07 March 2022

Marriage or betrothal rings of the Byzantine period depict the bride and groom with Christ who performs the marriage rite.

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Egyptian revival continues in Maidenhead

07 March 2022

With the discovery of the intact tomb of Tutankhamun in 1923, an Egyptian revival swept through the decorative arts. Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels were among the first to design jewels that mixed Egyptian motifs with the geometry and bold colours of the Art Deco era. But other French, British and US ateliers soon followed.

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Gems from Dorrie Nossiter emerge at Roseberys

07 March 2022

The Art by Four Women exhibition held at the Walker Gallery, London, in 1935 was something of a break-through event for Birmingham-trained goldsmith Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977).

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Gothic Revival regulator for sale in Cincinatti

07 March 2022

Hindman will cover four centuries of American artists and craftsmen in its March 10-11 American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts auction in Cincinatti.

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Recognition for the ‘quartz crisis’ casualties

07 March 2022

Although Roamer fell victim to the ‘quartz crisis’ – the introduction of quartz watches in the 1970s and early 1980s that largely replaced mechanical watches – in the 1950s-60s the firm enjoyed a good reputation as the maker of good-quality, affordable automatic mechanical watches.

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