Clocks, Watches & Jewellery

This category ranges from historical clocks to contemporary jewellery. Dealers tend to specialise in one of these individual areas while many auctions feature separate sections for horology, watches and jewellery as part of their mixed sales.

However, dedicated sales, especially in the jewellery category, are now fairly commonly especially in London, Birmingham and other major centres.

Queen Victoria’s bracelet joins coronet – with Butler’s help

26 July 2021

Humphrey Butler has announced the rediscovery of a bracelet from the famed suite of sapphire and diamond jewels made for a young Queen Victoria.

Art Deco necklace fetches new high for Fouquet

19 July 2021

A quintessential example of avant-garde Art Deco jewellery by a French designer who was renowned for such modernist pieces was the toast of Christie’s (25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) online Jewellery sale in Paris which closed on July 7.

Desk set to really take note of

05 July 2021

While prices and interest have been declining in desk sets since computer laptops rendered them largely redundant, there are exceptions.

Mudge Green stands out in Taylor clock sale

28 June 2021

Highlights from the first tranche of the clock collection of Isle of Man entrepreneur and horologist Dr John C Taylor (b.1936) were offered for sale by dealership Carter Marsh in London last week.

Liver bird brooch made as a wartime order

28 June 2021

This liver bird brooch, hallmarked for 1943, appears to have been commissioned as a bespoke order for Margaret Hall, the daughter of a lord mayor of Liverpool who, from 1935-6, was herself the lady mayoress of the city.

Colour and texture are key to Kashmir sapphire appeal

28 June 2021

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.

Family history lifts Cartier brooch to £120,000

28 June 2021

The star of a recent Chiswick Auctions’ (25/12% buyer’s premium) Jewellery auction was an Art Deco diamond and rock crystal Cartier brooch, c.1925.

Brazilian ‘Patek Philippe’ triples estimate in Swiss auction

28 June 2021

The sale in 1872 of a silver pocket watch manufactured by Patek Philippe in Geneva to the jeweller and retailer Gondolo & Labouriau in Rio de Janeiro marked the beginning of a highly successful and mutually profitable business partnership that lasted until 1927.

Heigh-ho, off to sale we go

28 June 2021

The appeal of this bracelet hung with eight enamel charms depicting Snow White and Seven Dwarfs lies in its Disney subject matter and its association with Cartier.

Happy birthdays for four generations

28 June 2021

An episode of BBC Antiques Roadshow filmed at Windermere and broadcast in February included this 18ct gold and pearl necklace by HG Murphy.

Football history-making stopwatch sold in Birmingham

28 June 2021

The stopwatch used by English referee Jack Taylor in the 1974 World Cup final sold for a within-estimate £3300 at Fellows (23/15% buyer’s premium) in Birmingham.

Archaeological revival jewellery comes to summer auctions

28 June 2021

These two fine examples of archaeological revival gold jewellery come for sale in the regions in July.

Jewellery: Marlborough gems strike gold again with £48,000 Nathaniel Marchant intaglio at Christie's

28 June 2021

The collection of about 800 engraved gems formed by the nobleman and politician George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough (1739-1817), was the largest and most important of the age.

How Cartier still shone despite the thrifty financial times

28 June 2021

In the thrifty years after the Wall Street Crash, many Cartier jewels used fewer large diamonds and more colourful secondary stones. What they lost in intrinsic value they more than made up for with the ‘wow’ factor.

Brooches ready to catch the eye

28 June 2021

Here we feature a selection of very different brooches coming up for sale in the UK regions in July.

Boucheron bought direct from the Bond Street shop

28 June 2021

Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Summer auction in Shrewsbury on June 16 included a private collection of nine pieces of Boucheron jewellery.

Calling jewellery dealers to take part in new ITV show

26 June 2021

Presenter Gok Wan is to host a new TV show and jewellery dealers are asked to take part.

From the Londonderry family jewels

21 June 2021

The Fine Jewellery sale at Woolley & Wallis on July 15 includes this pair of Burmese ruby and diamond earrings with a family provenance to Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart (née Chaplin), Marchioness of Londonderry (1878-1959).

Dealer offers 'more glamorous' Tompion table clock

14 June 2021

While the Taylor collection is this summer’s horological focus – “a once in a generation event” is how one dealer described it – plenty of other purchasing opportunities are available for enthusiasts of the best in early English clockmaking.

Joseph Knibb: the pinnacle of technology

14 June 2021

The first clocks represented the pinnacle of English technology and often lead the way in fashion.

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