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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Edward Burch at the cutting edge

07 March 2022

A white agate intaglio carrying the name of a giant of Georgian gem engraving surfaced at Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium) in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, on February 22-24.

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De Temple revival on show at Edinburgh sale

07 March 2022

The Select Jewellery & Watches sale at Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) on March 30 includes a number of pieces by the coterie of artist-craftsmen who led a revival of British jewellery making in the 1960s-70s. Like so much of post-war decorative arts, they have roared back into fashion.

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A Civilotti jewel to rival Castellani

07 March 2022

The Etruscan, Renaissance and Byzantine revival jewels made by the Civilotti family (Carlo, Antonio and Giuseppe) in Rome are less numerous and less well known than those of the Castellani dynasty.

Ian Harris

Dealer and Antiques Roadshow veteran Ian Harris calls it a day at ‘84 and a half’

28 February 2022

Dealer and BBC Antiques Roadshow veteran Ian Harris is auctioning the majority of his stock as the company N Bloom & Son closes after more than a century.

It’s been Brill, but time to move on

28 February 2022

Five years ago Lewis Walduck was a 13-year-old horology-mad schoolboy when he took over the small monthly antiques fair held in the village of Brill in Buckinghamshire.

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Catherine Southon tees off to a fine start in 2022

21 February 2022

Egyptian antiquities and Rolex are a hit in first sale of the year held at Surrey golf club

Chess clock

Pick of the week: Designed to make your move a bit quicker

07 February 2022

With the advent of modern tournament chess in the Victorian era came the issue of game time.

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‘Bulgari’ rescued from dressing-up box fate

07 February 2022

Bidders backing their judgment sent two lots to 20-times estimates at Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) jewellery and silver sale

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New saleroom Art Research Paris starts with jewellery

31 January 2022

ARP (Art Research Paris), a new auction house opening in the French capital on the Faubourg Saint Honoré, is holding an inaugural sale of over 200 lots of jewellery on February 10.

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Handy if you have time to spare

24 January 2022

Horology dealer who will stand at Lingfield says buyers are keen to do repairs themselves

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5 Questions: watch specialist Leslie Fleischman

24 January 2022

Leslie Fleischman runs Vintage Watch Room London, which specialises in 20th century watches marketed as ‘both affordable and stylish’.

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Telling the time in Newcastle and Edinburgh

10 January 2022

The December 1-2 Country House & Fine Interiors sale at Anderson & Garland (22% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle included a late 17th century walnut longcase clock by local maker William Prevost.

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McWhirter’s four-minute-mile stopwatch clocks up five figures at auction

03 January 2022

On May 6, 1954 - the day British middle-distance athlete Roger Bannister (1929-2018) ran the first ever sub-four-minute mile - there were five official timekeepers plus a sixth watch manned by race commentator Norris McWhirter (1925-2004).

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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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