The final Jewellery & Watches auction of the year plays host to outstanding results

16/12/2020     News Stories & Press Release, Jewellery & Watches

LONDON : Roseberys Jewellery & Watches auction on Tuesday 8 December played host to a wide-range of highlight results, from a wristwatch by Patek Philippe making £12,500 to a necklace by Bulgari making £5,000, showcasing the markets appetite for respectable brand names. Another theme within the auction was mourning Jewellery, with all lots selling high over their top estimates.

Head of Department Mark Bowis commented ‘The sale was very energetic at a difficult time and all categories attracted very welcome interest. We were especially pleased with lot 236, a parcel gilt silver and enamel Christmas tree bauble that gave a little seasonal flavour to the sale making £750.’




mourning rings

Three George III gold and black enamel mourning rings

Lots 66 -70 consisted of a small collection of 18th and early 19th century gold and enamel mourning band rings. All rings far exceeded their modest estimates making a collective price of £8,375. Lot 66 out of the group was the highest earning which included three George III gold and black enamel mourning rings, comprising of one with black enamel band engraved MARY LORAINE OB 8 JAN 1779 AE 63, and two with black enamel bands with engraved quatrefoil motifs, the band interiors inscribed C Reed AN ob 6 Nov 1770 aet 43 and Simon Mewburn ob. 13 Apr 1784 aet 75 respectively. This group lot of rings was estimated to make £200 - £300 at auction, yet on the day made £2,375.


Mourning Locks

A Georgian mourning locket, of heart form

 Following the trend of mourning jewellery selling well within the auction was lot 71, a Georgian mourning locket of heart form. The glazed front enclosing plaited hair to a gold and black enamel bezel bearing the legend 'ELIZABETH HUGHES OBT 28 SEPTR 1797', in base metal frame to gold back with central monogram. Estimated to make £150 - £200, this locket was competitively bid up to £1,000.


diamond ring

A diamond single stone ring

diamond earrings

A pair of diamond single stone earstuds


The diamond results throughout the sale showcased their traditional stability in the market, with lot 284 being a good example of this growing trend. The diamond single stone ring, with an old brilliant-cut diamond, weighing approximately 3.20 carats, in claw mount to old and single-cut diamond two stone shoulders, that was estimated to make £5000-7000 realised a price of £9,750.  Elsewhere in the sale lot 278, a pair of diamond earrings made a price of £6,875.


georg jensen

A silver and rutilated quartz bangle designed by Vivianna Torun Bulow-Hube for Georg Jensen

Estimated to make £300 – 500, a silver rutillated quartz bangle by Georg Jensen designed by Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe sold for the price of £1,375. The designer widely known as Torun, was one of Sweden's most important 20th century silversmiths and a master jeweller. She is the first female silversmith to have become internationally noted. The bangle with central oval double cabochon rutilated quartz collet is a prime example of the designer’s classic Scandinavian design at its most elegant and refined.




 Patek Philippe Ref: 5055G

An 18ct. white gold moon phases with power reserve automatic wristwatch by Patek Philippe Ref: 5055G

The highlight in the wristwatch section was an 18ct. white gold moon phases with power reserve wristwatch by Patek Phillipe Ref.5055G sold for £12,500 on the 8th December. Patek Philippe is one of the most important and highly valued watchmakers in the world, considered among the “top three” most prestigious alongside Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin. The brand has been making high-quality watches from its manufacture in Geneva since 1953, and introduced this superb watch to their oeuvre that was sold at Roseberys in 1977. Elsewhere in the sale another watch by Patek Philippe, an 18ct gold ‘Gondolo’ wristwatch reference 5009 realised a price of £5,000.

pocket watch


A pair of mid-19th century Swiss silver-gilt and painted enamel open face fob watches made for the Chinese market

A collection of pocket watches received great interest within the auction. The particular highlight was a pair of mid-19th century Swiss silver-gilt and painted enamel open face fob watches by Bovet made for the Chinese market (lot 204). The pair of watches that were estimated to make £1,500-2,500, were eventually bid up to £5,000, over double their top estimate.


A bi-metallic automatic Datejust wristwatch by Rolex ref: 16013


Rounding up the highlights from the Jewellery & Watches auction in December was lot 273, a bi-metallic automatic Datejust wristwatch by Rolex ref: 16013. The watch by the renowned watch maker made £3,750, also over double its estimate.



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