Exciting sale of antique & contemporary jewellery and watches

19/07/2019     News Stories & Press Release, Jewellery & Watches

LONDON: A fine selection of unsigned pieces together with exquisite vintage, modern and contemporary creations by famous jewellery houses and luxury watch brands - Chanel, Chopard and Breguet among them - generated stiff competition at Roseberys London’s Jewellery & Watches sale. Up to a quarter of the July auction was sourced from a single private collection which attracted interest from both new and seasoned bidders with an enchanting and affordable array of pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and watches.

Head of Department, Mark Bowis, FGA DGA FSA, commented: “This was an encouraging sale in today’s climate and the eclectic mix of modern signed examples, antique and period jewellery as well as high end watches meant that there was something for all pockets and taste. The private collection of jewellery attracted new clients and gave the sale focus.  The selection of wristwatches generated a particular enthusiasm and it was a pleasure to present these.”

Among the beguiling watches to tempt keen potential buyers was lot 198 - a classic 18ct white gold 'Le Reveil du Tsar' by Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Breguet. This fine-looking contemporary automatic dual time wristwatch, made in c.2000 with reference number 5707, attracted furious bidding and sold finally at £10,500, well over its £5,000-7,000 estimate. (Lot 198)Breguet

Another keenly contested piece in the sale was a lady’s stainless-steel diamond ‘Millenary’ wristwatch by Audemars Piguet. Its elliptical case, decentralised dials, and wonderfully skeletonised movements made it a particularly eye-catching lot.It generated plenty of presale interest that materialised into bids on the day and sold for £2,900 against an estimate of £600-800. (Lot 157)Audemars Piguet

Perhaps the most satisfying result of the day for the department was the sum paid for a highly attractive and strongly coloured sapphire cluster ring with diamond border. This sparkling piece soared past its £600-800 guide to sell for £3,600. (Lot 301)sapphire cluster ring

There was proof that the market still has room for brooches with this timeless diamond brooch, below right, selling in excess of its £1000-1500 estimate. The piece, with a diamond articulated bow and central cultured pearl drop, attracted strong bidding and realised £2,200. (Lot 289) diamond brooch

Charm bracelets are currently undergoing somewhat of a revival as shown by the performance of two early 20th century gold examples that soared over estimate. The principal bracelet, shown far left, was festooned with late 19th century charms that were of excellent quality and included quirky subjects like a mother-of-pearl set tambourine, a pocket knife and a beautifully made miniature letter that folded out to reveal a sentimental message. The duo achieved £2,500. (Lot 19)

Lot 78-164 contained a large and varied private collection of pendants, rings, earrings, bracelets and watches by a number of well-known names with prices to meet many different price points. One of the first lots to attract determined bidding was a signature ‘Happy Bubbles’ diamond pendant necklace by luxury Swiss jeweller Chopard. it sold for a multi-estimate £1,600. (Lot 87)Chopard

 selection of Chanel jewellery from the same collection also proved particularly popular. A diamond white ceramic bracelet and ring set tipped over top estimate to sell for £1,100 while a vintage diamond collar with detachable pendant sold on top estimate for £5,000. (Lot 152)

Among the more unusual pieces was an ornate diamond-set fob watch with a Swiss hunter case and lapel fob made for the Turkish market in the late 19th or early 20th century and signed for K. Serkisoff, Constantinople. Wearable, of excellent quality and highly collectable objects in their own right, the pieces were chased to £1,900. (Lot 181)

Natural pearl necklaces commanded competitive prices during the sale with a double row graduated necklace exhibiting good lustre across all its 314 pearls realising £1,700 against an estimate of £500-800. (Lot 253)


For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop peigimackillop@roseberys.co.uk +44 (0) 20 8761 2522

 You can find all the results from the sale here 



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