Dreweatts will offer a private collection of vintage Heuer wristwatches as part of a September 12 sale of Watches and Luxury Accessories.
The selection, from a private collection, numbers 35 pieces and includes a number of the best-known Camaro, Barrel, Montreal, Daytona, Verona and Cortina, Autavia and Carrera models.
The group (dating from the period before 1985 when the firm founded in the 19th century by Edouard Heuer was acquired by the TAG group) ranges in date from the 1940s through to the 1980s with estimates from £300-6000.
Dreweatts specialist Adrian Hailwood describes the Calculator (ref 110.633) pictured above as “the smart watch of its era”. The model, combining a slide-rule calculator with an automatic chronograph, was marketed to engineers and scientists. Estimate £1500-2000.
Meanwhile, Bonhams, which sold a 46-lot Heuer collection in June, is hosting a 78-lot online sale of Heuers also closing on September 12.
The sale of Antique & Modern Jewellery at Fellows on September 13 will include this late Victorian silver and gold, diamond and pearl brooch. Designed as an old-cut diamond pansy, with graduated pearl and old-cut diamond wreath and bow surround, it is offered in a fitted Goldsmiths & Silversmiths case. Estimate £800-1200.
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This unusual Victorian tortoiseshell piqué work bangle is formed as a coiled snake with gold inlaid ‘scales’ to the body and head and silver eyes and tongue. It is estimated at £200-300 at Special Auction Services in Newbury on September 13.
This textbook gold fringe necklace by Carlo Giuliano c.1870 will be offered by Catherine Southon at Farleigh Court, Selsdon, Surrey on October 3. A striking exercise in Etruscan revivalism displaying the ancient jewellery techniques of filigree and granulation, it is estimated at £10,000-15,000.
The archaeological excavations of the 19th century provided the inspiration for some of the most characteristically Victorian jewellery. The finds in Etruscan burial sites, in particular, provided a wealth of freshly available visual resources.
This Art Deco onyx and diamond ring was made by French jewellery house René Boivin.
Rather than fully embracing the Art Deco trend that engulfed much of the French jewellery world in the late 1920s and early ’30s, the firm also developed a taste for exotic themes, colours and materials. This was in no small part down to Boivin’s wife Jeanne Poiret, a jeweller in her own right, who assumed control of the business when he died in 1917 and steered it through its four most prosperous decades.
The ring is guided at $10,000-15,000 in a 400-lot sale of diamonds, coloured stones, and antique and period jewellery at Skinner of Boston on September 25.
The prize for the most arresting catalogue cover of the season thus far must go to Adam’s of Dublin.
This ‘make-you-look’ image for the September 18 catalogue includes both a Victorian diamond pin, designed as a flowerhead with old brilliant, cushion and rose-cut stones mounted en tremblant (estimate €1800-2200), and a dress ring by Margherita Burgener, formed as a flower with a cabochon green tourmaline centre and textured purple titanium petals (estimate €2000-3000).
Historically, the French kings of the Renaissance era were great patrons for the art of enamelling and this technique was revived by French jewellers in the latter half of the 19th century. This wire and beadwork gold cross and chain, with its intricate panels of polychrome enamel, c.1885-1900, is a good example of the craft.
Note the use of armillary spheres to the chain – the device used by Renaissance astronomers that became a popular leitmotif symbolising wisdom and knowledge.
Although unmarked, it is almost identical to another cross and chain with maker’s marks for Frédéric Boucheron sold by Bonhams in 2014. The estimate at Bonhams Knightsbridge on September 12 is £2000-3000.
The Autumn Fine Art sale at Duke’s of Dorchester on September 6-7 includes this late Victorian gold brooch in the Etruscan style. The front panel opens to reveal a plaque inscribed Presented to Mrs Yates as a memento of the 16 weeks lock out in 1893 Feb 6th 1894.
Elizabeth Yates (1845-1918) was appointed the Mayor of Onehunga in New Zealand in 1894, just two months after women gained the right to vote in New Zealand. This made her the first woman to be a mayor anywhere in the British Empire. Estimate £400-600.
This Fabergé cabochon sapphire, diamond, guillouche enamel, silver and yellow gold pendant locket carries an estimate of $7000-9000 at Alameda, California, auction house Michaans on September 8.
It carries marks for the Finnish-born gold worker August Hollming, who was hired as a workmaster by Fabergé soon after opening a workshop at 35 Kazanskaya Street, St Petersburg, in 1880.