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Jewellery, Watches & Silver Start Year Strongly

17th January 2020.

The first in a new line-up of Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sales at Tennants Auctioneers on 11th January drew strong interest and proved an encouraging start to the year for luxury goods with a total hammer price of £184,320. The jewellery section saw a high level of interest, with strong results for diamonds across the board; the top lot being an Art Deco Style Diamond Ring, which almost doubled the top estimate to sell for £2,200 (plus buyer’s premium). Aquamarines also performed well, with good examples selling above top estimate including an Aquamarine and Diamond Cluster Ring, which sold for £1,100 (plus buyer’s premium), and an Aquamarine and Diamond Ring, which sold for £900 (plus buyer’s premium). A collection of jet jewellery also sold well, with top results going to two pairs of 9 Carat Gold Jet Drop Earrings, which sold for £320 and £300 (plus buyer’s premium).

Watches, too, sold confidently throughout with notable results for a 1966 Breitling Navitimer (ref:806), which sold for £1,800 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £800-1,200, and a 1963 IWC, which sold for £1,200 (plus buyer’s premium). Pocket watches were well represented, with a Gilt Metal Repousse Pair Case Verge Pocket Watch signed Jno Sterland, Nottingham, c.1770 selling for £700 (plus buyer’s premium against an estimate of £300-400.

The silver section achieved a total hammer price significantly above estimate, with notable results for both antique and modern silver. The top lot of the whole sale was the ‘Aqua Posy Dom’ Beaker (London, 2006) by the noted silversmith Hiroshi Suzuki which sold for £3,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Further good results for collectable modern silver and luxury items included a selection of Montblanc pens, such as the Meisterstuck Pix ‘Hommage a Fredric Chopin’ Fountain Pen, which sold for £250 (plus buyer’s premium).  Amongst a strong offering of period silver, two early spoons stood out; an Elizabeth I Silver Seal-Top Spoon by William Cawdell, London, 1592, which sold for £2,300 (plus buyer’s premium) and a James I Silver Apostle Spoon by Richard Feake, London, 1617, which sold for £1,900 (plus buyer’s premium).

At a traditionally quiet time of the year, Tennants Auctioneers achieved an impressive hammer total of just under £500,000 for a trio of sales on Saturday 11th January. The combined forces of the Country House Sale, the Sporting Art Sale and the Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale drew hordes of bidders to the North Yorkshire salerooms.


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