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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Single-owner Eisenberg collection comes to Indianapolis auction

03 August 2020

On September 12 Ripley Auctions in Indianapolis is selling a single-owner collection of costume jewellery and accessories from the American design firm Eisenberg that has been formed by the antiques dealer and collector Sharon Schwartz.

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Watches worn by Soviet space exploration pioneers come to auction in London

25 July 2020

Watches owned by the first human in space and the captain of a mission including the first spacewalk are coming up for sale.

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Picking over the bones of £78,000 skeleton clock bidding

20 July 2020

This exhibition-quality skeleton clock, made by Anglo-German clockmaking firm Camerer Kuss & Co to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, sold for £78,000 at Bonhams last week.

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Collectors compete for dial clock

20 July 2020

Estimated at £150-200, this Georgian dial clock stormed to £4800 at Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) in Sherborne. Two collectors made much of the bidding.

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Golden Age longcase underlines long and lucrative career of great London clockmaker

20 July 2020

The maxim that major names and top quality will always sell was underlined in the biannual specialist clocks sale at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium).

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An exhibition-quality skeleton clock and a RAF pilot’s Omega wristwatch are among the five lots to watch at auction this week

13 July 2020

With estimates from £700-15,000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Elmwood’s opens Notting Hill office

06 July 2020

Jewellery auction house Elmwood’s has opened a new office in London and hired two new staff as business begins to return to normal after the lockdown.

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Watch sounds the alarm for the first time

06 July 2020

Not to be confused with the modern reissues, the original Vulcain Cricket was marketed in 1947 as the world’s first wristwatch with an alarm.

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Appeal to help find stolen wedding ring of elderly care home resident

02 July 2020

The family of an elderly lady in a care home in north London is hoping the antiques and jewellery trade may spot three rings that have been stolen.

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Antique clocks reported stolen from Foreign & Commonwealth Office

29 June 2020

A group of antique clocks has been reported stolen from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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Art Nouveau jewellery shines across the globe

29 June 2020

The medium of jewellery provided perhaps the greatest canvas for the new international style that flowed through the decorative arts around the turn of the 20th century.

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Jewellery: Designs evoking the new expression of the early 20th century

29 June 2020

Jewellery provided one of the great expressions of the Art Nouveau style. Here ATG reports on four exceptional items made in four different countries in the early years of the 20th century

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Sarah Bernhardt: jewels from the first global celebrity, quand même

29 June 2020

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) – the first actress to achieve worldwide celebrity – continues to command attention as her work on stage and screen fades into the distant past.

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Mourning ring remembering William who drowned in Blackpool brings strong bidding

29 June 2020

This George III mourning ring is engraved 'W’m Tipping, aged 17, died 23 Aug, 1792'. He drowned while bathing in the sea at Blackpool.

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Intaglios cutting a deeper impression and making higher prices

29 June 2020

Interest in glyphic art, that reached its collecting apogee during Grand Tour collecting, is resurgent once more.

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An upbeat market during lockdown

29 June 2020

The hunger among buyers to acquire good quality jewellery stayed strong during lockdown, writes John Benjamin.

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Going Dutch on 232 guilders

29 June 2020

Not only does this Dutch 18ct gold and white carnelian demi-parure c.1820 include a period case but the original handwritten invoice from 1824 survives.

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Jewels of the Egyptian 12th Dynasty emerge in Cambridge sale

29 June 2020

Archaeological discoveries were a continuous source of inspiration for jewellery in the 19th century. Ancient goldsmithing techniques were studied and relearned. Jewels found during excavations of Roman, Egyptian, Hellenistic and particularly Etruscan sites were copied or reinterpreted.

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Fringe benefits for Bromley diamonds

29 June 2020

Among the many successful online-only jewellery auctions that took place during the lockdown was that held by Bromley-based saleroom Catherine Southon (18% buyer’s premium), writes John Benjamin.

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Lenfant roars as retro brooch sells in Notting Hill auction

29 June 2020

Georges Lenfant is one of the many unsung titans of the jewellery trade – a Paris workshop pioneering jewellery craftsmanship in the 20th century that produced jewels for the big brand names of the Place Vendôme, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Mellerio dits Meller.

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