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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The web shop window: ornate Renaissance pearl pendant

11 January 2021

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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Wind it even with gloves

21 December 2020

Estimated at £800-1000 at Adam Partridge (20% buyer’s premium) but sold at £10,000 was this International Watch Company Luftwaffe pilot’s watch, c.1940.

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More ‘treasure’ likely to be unearthed in 2021

21 December 2020

A notable source of ancient coins and historical jewellery appearing on the market in 2020 has been the soil. It is the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme that finders of ‘treasure’ are now encouraged to declare discoveries and share the proceeds of sales with the landowner.

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Plea to help find presidential pocket watch stolen from London dealer

17 December 2020

The trade has been asked to look out for a 14ct gold pocket watch that was stolen on December 12 from a gallery in Camden Passage in Islington, London.

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Lalique’s dragonfly brooch makes €230,000 in Paris

14 December 2020

The highlight of a sale of jewellery and silver at Peschetau Badin (27% buyer’s premium) on December 1- 2 in Paris was this gold ‘four dragonflies’ brooch by René Lalique.

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A John Knibb clock dial and a bronze portrait of WB Yeats’ muse are among the five lots to watch at auction

30 November 2020

With estimates from £120-3000, here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Great example of Grand Tour glyphic art sells for over 40-times estimate at Sworders

23 November 2020

Exceptional examples of the glyphic arts – the apotheosis of jewellery collecting during the Grand Tour era – are rising high in the saleroom once more.

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‘Artist jeweller’ Donald very much back in vogue

23 November 2020

Two private collections of the work of John Donald (b.1928) enjoyed a clean sweep at auctions in recent weeks.

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Van Cleef & Arpels – courtesy of Joan Collins

23 November 2020

The economic crisis of the Great Depression inspired a vogue for many versatile jewels, particularly clip brooches that could be worn on lapels, hat trims and the latest hairstyles.

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Gifts from Queen Victoria: Jewellery presented to god-daughters and family friends in the spotlight at Cheffins

23 November 2020

Gifts from Queen Victoria to two of her god-daughters garnered international attention at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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Australian gold rush jewellery in strong demand

23 November 2020

The distinctive Antipodean ‘botanical’ jewellery of the gold rush era is among the first to depict the native flora and fauna. It is of huge cultural significance to Australia and its mining heritage.

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Victorian ring concealing a practical joke brings sensational bidding in Somerset

23 November 2020

This curious object is the forerunner of a million Christmas cracker prizes. Made in gold and silver, c.1830, the ‘ring’ chased with flowers includes a tiny pin hole which allows a jet of water to be squirted into the face of an unsuspecting admirer via a syringe-like plunger that can be concealed in the palm.

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Jewellery and silver: our pick of 29 objects offered at auctions in time for Christmas

23 November 2020

Forget the high street or ‘not-on-the-high street’ – for those looking for an original gift, a carefully chosen antique will never disappoint. Many upcoming UK auctions of silver and jewellery are assembled with the season of gift-giving in mind. Here ATG provides a selection of ‘more affordable’ and portable items, all for sale this month

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Obituary: Moira Cohen (1940-2020)

16 November 2020

It is with great sadness that we break the news of the passing of Moira Cohen on September 20.

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Opportunity knocks for decorative arts sales

16 November 2020

Salerooms seize the chance as traditional dedicated auctions fade away in London

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Mudge and Dutton cased pocket watch ticks boxes at Golding Young & Mawer

16 November 2020

A George III gold pair cased pocket watch gave a strong start to the Golding Young & Mawer (20% buyer’s premium) November 4 sale (brought forward a day to avoid lockdown restrictions).

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Clock by Leeds maker offered in Massachusetts

09 November 2020

This 19in (48cm) high late 18th century English mahogany cased bracket clock is one of the horological entries in Fontaine’s online auction to be held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on November 14.

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Turret clock tops it off at Bath auction

09 November 2020

The latest Clocks & Watches sale at Gardiner Houlgate (20% buyer’s premium) in Corsham, near Bath, was topped at £16,000 by this large iron two-train turret clock movement by Thomas Cooke (1807-68) of York. The estimate was £1000-2000.

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The web shop window: 17th century memento mori ring

02 November 2020

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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Omega Seamaster with diving history consigned to Woolley & Wallis

02 November 2020

This Omega Seamaster 300, c.1967, has been consigned for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on November 17-18 by a career member of the Royal Engineers.

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