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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From Roman to retro: 12 jewellery highlights from Grays Antiques Market

11 February 2019

Although the centre never closed during the Crossrail project, as that work winds down Grays Antiques Market now has a fresh chance to showcase the many exceptional dealers based in the Edwardian building on Davies Street in London. As one might expect near Bond Street, period jewellery, from Roman rings to 1970s retro, is the main stock in trade.

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Huge collection of finds from Anglo-Saxon pagan cemetery site to be offered by Derbyshire auction house Hansons in a private deal

06 February 2019

With the British Library’s acclaimed Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition shedding light on this sometimes overlooked and misunderstood period, the timing is perfect for a Derbyshire saleroom’s announcement of a remarkable collection coming up for sale.

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French mantel clock set to chime in Pennsylvania

04 February 2019

Included in Cordier Auctions’ large mixed-discipline sale to be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on February 9 will be a group of four clocks that once came from the Chicago dealer Lee Benkendorf.

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Moon-case clock set to shine at Galloway Antiques Fair

04 February 2019

An eight-day arched brass dial rolling moon-case clock, c.1750, is on offer for £3350 from Lancaster House Antiques at the next Galloway Antiques Fair at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

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Lantern clocks illuminate Essex auction

04 February 2019

The names of two 17th century makers took these two lantern clocks way above estimates at Sworders’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Stansted Mountitchet. Both were from the Barbara Holliday collection that majored on Modern British art (see Art Market, ATG No 2377).

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Wartski introduces BADA Friends to treasures of the past

02 February 2019

London jewellers Wartski introduced members of the BADA Friends to a trove of Fabergé and Celtic jewellery in a special event this week.

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Appeal to trade to help find large collection of stolen vintage costume jewellery

31 January 2019

A large haul of vintage costume jewellery has been stolen from a car in Birmingham and its owner is appealing to the trade to help recover the items.

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A selection of 20th century pieces sold at Fellows’ Antique & Modern Jewellery auction

25 January 2019

Here are five examples of modern jewellery that were sold yesterday in Birmingham. Earlier this week we previewed this auction. Now we review the hammer prices for the five items we chose.

Lot 249: Lapponia ‘Space Apple’ pendant by Björn Weckström – estimate £300-400 at Fellows' Antique & Modern Jewellery sale on 24 January

Five 20th century designers in Fellows’ Antique & Modern Jewellery sale this week

23 January 2019

On any shortlist of iconic jewellery designers of the 20th century, few would disagree with the inclusion of brands such as Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Cartier. But what of the next tier of designers from the past 100 years and how affordable are they to collect? ATG asked Nicola Whittaker of Fellows' London office to pick five 20th century designers in the auction house's January 24 sale, from household names to rising stars.

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Marchant ring at 195-times top estimate

21 January 2019

Estimated at just £150-200, a sardonyx cameo ring sold to a dealer for £39,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at auction.

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Romantic jewellery exhibition for one day only at Grays Antiques Centre

21 January 2019

Romantic and erotic jewellery is included in London’s Grays Antiques Centre during a special pre-Valentine’s Day exhibition, Vetiti Amare.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

21 January 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Obituary: Edward Burd (1938-2018)

14 January 2019

Edward Burd, who died in October, was a well-known dealer in English dial and wall clocks who was active on the provincial English antiques fair circuit.

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It’s time for a clock and watch fair venue change

14 January 2019

Time has moved on for events at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull organised by Liz and Carl Barnes of Time Fairs.

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Quare takes £30,000 in west London and other clock highlights in recent auctions

14 January 2019

Topping a number of good pre-Christmas clock sales was a rare table/bracket clock, among the last made by London ‘Golden Age’ name Daniel Quare (1649-1724) with Stephen Horseman, who became his partner at the Exchange Alley workshop in 1721.

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Bishton Hall bidder catches rare Oysterdate

07 January 2019

Testament to a vibrant market for vintage Tudor wristwatches, a very scarce Oysterdate – the reference 7031 or ‘Homeplate’ – proved the star of Hansons’ Christmas auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire.

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Handbags at a new dawn as Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag makes £190,000

20 December 2018

The Hermès Himalaya Birkin bag is often described as the most desirable handbag in the world. And so it proved earlier this month when an example set an auction record for a handbag sold in Europe.

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Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk field voted Britain’s favourite work of art

18 December 2018

A rare Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk by a metal detectorist has been voted Britain’s favourite work of art bought by a museum.

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Mayfair provides the jewels in the town

17 December 2018

Staged in the early days of the new year, The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair is a chance to do little personal shopping after a frantic season of gift buying.

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RAF watch is a sale flier in Canada

17 December 2018

This Omega ‘Weems’ Royal Air Force pilot’s wristwatch below was one of the sought-after entries in a 311-lot auction of watches and jewellery at Miller & Miller (18/15% buyer’s premium) in New Hamburg, Ontario, on November 24.

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