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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Export stop for Fromanteel’s £3m longcase

20 December 2021

The UK government has issued a temporary export bar for a Fromanteel longcase clock dating to c.1660.

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Classic Castellani jewellery creates Boston bidding demand

20 December 2021

This classic example of the archaeological revivalist techniques that were so fashionable in jewellery making in the second half of the 19th century was one of the top-selling lots at Skinner (25/20/12% buyer’s premium).

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Sitwell seat sells very well

20 December 2021

Appeal of Weston Hall contents particularly enhanced by 20th century occupants

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Collector interview: Meet the ‘Belgravian hermit’

20 December 2021

A lawyer who likes to keep it local also has an insatiable curiosity about art and antiques.

Stolen items

Major jewellery theft from Partridge saleroom

06 December 2021

Police are appealing for information following a theft of more than 400 pieces of jewellery, coins and watches from Adam Partridge Auctioneers.

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Digging deep for the Deep Sea Special

06 December 2021

The Rolex Deep Sea Special, with its remarkable bubble case capable of withstanding huge pressure, was created in the early 1950s to test just how deep a diving watch could go.

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Look beyond the brand to find a great chronograph

06 December 2021

Enicar watches do not have the instant brand recognition of a Rolex or Omega but they do share many of the same parts.

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The untold story of the English wristwatch pioneers

06 December 2021

The impact of the First World War on the wristwatch as an accessory deemed suitable for men is well known.

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Speedy buyers with a taste for chocolate

06 December 2021

If ever there were a price to demonstrate just how important condition has become in the top end of the collecting market then it is the record-breaking SFr2.55m (£2.065m) for a reference CK2915 Speedmaster at Phillips (26/21% buyer's premium) in Geneva on November 5.

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Why pocket watches sit in a tricky space in horological collecting

06 December 2021

In contrast to the red-hot trade in vintage and modern wristwatches, the market for antique pocket watches appears very low key. However, as demand for the better-quality pieces remains robust, not all are destined for the scrapheap. Richard Fox reports

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Late 18th century clock to turn heads in German auction

29 November 2021

A late 18th century clock at auction in Germany has links to a French architect.

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Aristocratic connections boost rings

22 November 2021

In a recent Financial Times article titled 'Dangerous baubles for boys', historian and style journalist Nick Foulkes commented that a friend had “described my hands as looking like a cabinet of curiosities trying to emulate a pair of knuckledusters”.

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Twenty shining ideas for the gift-giving season

22 November 2021

Many sales in late November and early December are assembled with presents in mind and silver and jewellery are much to the fore.

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Hatton Garden makes a BID for the future

22 November 2021

London’s historic diamond and jewellery quarter faces challenges but also opportunities

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Jewellery and picture sales buoyant as Olympia makes return

22 November 2021

After two years of Covid-19 disruption The Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia finally reopened its doors in west London.

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Prince Albert’s drawings for Queen Victoria's coronet sell at Colchester auction

22 November 2021

The V&A loses out in £23,000 bidding battle for Prince Albert’s drawings of the diamond and sapphire coronet he designed for Queen Victoria.

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Original jewellery designs reflecting Glasgow style occupy a distinct market niche

22 November 2021

Few lots in the Design since 1860 sale held by Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh were more admired than a series of Art Nouveau pencil and watercolour jewellery drawings by Frances Macdonald McNair (1873-1921).

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Valuation brings home comfort

15 November 2021

Anglo-Chinese huanghuali bureau cabinet was spotted just down the road from saleroom

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Lantern clock to Chew on

08 November 2021

A clockmaking industry thrived in the Chew Valley of Somerset in the second half of the 17th century.

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King’s Clock given a West Dean touch

08 November 2021

Emmanuelle Sibley, a student at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation specialising in clocks and related objects, has been given the opportunity to conserve the Kings’ Clock in advance of the reopening of The Courtauld Gallery on November 19.

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