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Fine Diamonds Lead Fine Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale

13th October 2023.

An impressive 19th century Diamond Bow Brooch is to be offered in Tennants Auctioneers’ Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sale on 11th November, with an estimate of £12,000-18,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Made circa 1850, the stylised ribbon bow is set with approximately 18.50 carat of old cut diamonds. Also on offer is a Diamond Necklace comprised of marquise, oval, pear and round brilliant cut diamonds centring into a ‘V’ at the neckline (estimate: £20,000-25,000). A good selection of diamond rings includes a Diamond Three Stone Ring with brilliant cut diamonds (estimate: £22,000-25,000), a Diamond Cluster Ring with a central emerald-cut diamond (estimate: £10,000-15,000), and an 18 Carat White Gold Diamond Cluster Ring by Kat Florence, with a central heart-shaped fancy champagne Argyle diamond (estimate: £15,000-20,000).

Amongst a good selection of other jewellery in the sale is an Early 20th Century Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace, featuring a pear cut aquamarine (estimate: £3,000-5,000), an Alexandrite and Diamond Cluster Ring (estimate: £3,000-5,000), an 18 Carat Gold Diamond, Emerald and Enamel Leopard Brooch by Kutchinsky (estimate: £1,000-1,500), and an Essex Crystal Reverse Intaglio Brooch depicting a robin perched on a branch (estimate: £500-700). 

A rare 1977 Rolex Explorer II (ref:1655) leads the fine watches in the sale. Offered with an estimate of £8,000-12,000, the watch is known by collectors at the “Steve McQueen” watch, as it was made famous by the actor in an advertising campaign for the model. It can be recognised by its distinctive pointed orange 24-hour indicator hand, which leads to its other name, the “Freccione”, from the Italian world for arrow. Further fine wrist watches include a 1977 Rolex Day/Date (ref:18038/18000) in 18 carat gold (estimate: £7,000-9,000), and a rare 18 carat gold Cartier Tank Normale made in 1976 (estimate: £4,000-6,000). Also on offer is an unusual Rolex Prince Imperial (ref: 1645) 9 carat gold pocket watch, which was retailed by Asprey having been made in 1932 (estimate: £1,000-1,500).

A good cross-section of antique silver in the sale includes a George III Silver Soup Tureen and Cover, made in London in 1761 by Frederick Kandler (estimate: £2,500-3,500). Also of note is a set of two silver tea caddies, one George II and possibly made in the 1750s that is apparently unmarked, and the other George III and made by William Troby of London in 1814. Both are housed in a rosewood caddy with a cut-glass sugar bowl made circa 1814 and the set is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500. A Three-Piece Russian Silver Tea-Service and associated tea equipage is offered with an estimate of £2,000-3,000. The tea service was likely made by Fyedor Yartsyev in Moscow circa 1899-1908, whilst the flatware was made by Grigory Sbetnayev in Moscow circa 1908-1926. A Chinese Export Silver Goblet, with the Artisan Workshop Mark of Hui and Retailed in 1877 by Sun Shing of Canton and Hong Kong is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500, and an Edward VII Silver Copy of the Warwick Vase, made by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co. Ltd of London is offered with an estimate of £1,500-2,500. The Warwick vase was discovered at Hadrian’s Villa in the late 18th century by Gavin Hamilton and is now in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Also on offer is a good selection of animal-themed silver. Notable examples include a 1959 Silver Stirrup Cup by Asprey cast as a snarling fox’s mask (estimate: £150-250), a 1970 Silver Stirrup Cup by Richard Comyns of London modelled as an otter’s head (estimate: £150-250), a pair of 1988 Silver Models of Grouse by Edward Barnard and Sons Ltd (estimate: £800-1,200), and a 1990 Novelty Silver Condiment Set by Ricard Comyns of London with the salt and pepper shakers formed as rabbits with the mustard pot in the shape of a burrow and the spoon shaped as a carrot (estimate: £500-800). A selection of silver models by Patrick Mavros of Harare are also included, such as a Bull Elephant posed in reaching with its trunk (estimate: £500-800).


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