Auction viewing re-opens next week with the Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale at Tennants Auctioneers, when members of the public will be able to view over 500 lots, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines, as well as bidding in person on the day of the sale. Viewing opens from 10am to 4pm on 24th -26th June, with the sale taking place on 27th June. Viewing is also available for the Antiques and Interiors Sale, which takes place on 26th June.
Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sales are always hugely popular, offering a broad range of antique, modern and collectable pieces with estimates starting at £100. Delicate and intricately wrought pieces of period jewellery include such highlights as a Georgian Emerald and Diamond Brooch (estimate: £150-250 plus buyer’s premium) and a Victorian Lapis Lazuli and Enamel Brooch (estimate: £100-150 plus b.p.). An eye-catching brooch in the form of a racehorse at full stretch – always a popular subject – is on offer with an estimate of £150-200 (plus b.p). Topped by a jockey in jaunty enamel colours, he wouldn’t look out of place at Ascot.
One of the highlights of the sale is a collection of Objects of Vertu made by Sampson Mordan & Co., a British silversmiths founded by one of the inventors of the first mechanical pencil. The collection, which comprises over fifty pieces, is being sold by a private collector. Highlights of the collection include a charming Victorian silver-mounted pottery scent bottle decorated with a spider’s web, spider and fly (estimate: £600-800 plus b.p.) and a selection of the silver propelling pencils which made the silversmith’s name, such as an example of design number 1390 from 1842 (estimate: £400-600 plus b.p.). Elsewhere in the silver section comes a George III Provincial Silver Apple-Corer by James Barber and William Whitwell of York, circa 1815 (estimate: £400-600 plus b.p.) and a Pair of Russian Silver Fish-Servers by Fabergé, marked with the Imperial Warrant that were made in Moscow in the Late 19th Century (estimate: £700-1,000 plus b.p.).
Amongst an interesting selection of pocket and wristwatches in the sale is an 18 Carat Gold Split Seconds Chronograph Full Hunter Keyless Pocket Watch, signed Agassiz and made circa 1900 (estimate: £1,200-1,800 plus b.p.). Vintage watches from the 1960s are selling strongly, with collectors particularly interested in good models by Rolex, such as a 9 Carat Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Wristwatch (ref: 1003) made in 1960 (estimate: £400-600 plus b.p.). Also of note in the sale is a striking and stylish Art Deco Chrome Plated Eight Day Desk Clock made by Omega circa 1930 which is offered with an estimate of £500-700 (plus b.p.).
Alongside live bidding in person, Tennants continue to offer digital alternatives for browsing and bidding.