A c.1790 George III engraved bronze sundial – estimate £1000-1500 at Sotheby’s.

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The Australian-born daughter of antiques dealer John Hawkins made her mark in the trade with her own shop in Notting Hill in the early 1990s when she was just 21.

More recently she has worked directly with clients and for the past 20 years has been based in Edinburgh.

However, Hawkins has now decided to change her focus and has moved back to London, creating a home studio where she plans to paint and sculpt, thus prompting her to downsize her collection.

The sale, called Emma Hawkins: A Natural World, will run online from January 9-19.


Glass ‘witch ball’ – estimate £800-1200 at Sotheby’s.

The ‘wunderkammer’ collection features many natural history specimens as well as unusual items such as a 19th century, possibly eastern Europe, glass ‘witch ball’ with an estimate of £800-1200 as well as more ‘traditional’ antiques.

A c.1790 George III engraved bronze sundial, by Dolland London, is guided at £1000-1500.