Bidders Give a Big Hand to a Little Clock...
Lawrences held an auction comprising 350 lots of jewellery and watches on October 22nd. With a host of strong prices throughout, demand for quality gemstones seems to be holding up well and some of the strongest results reflected the eagerness of collectors and dealers.
Diamonds hold their allure at all times: an Art Deco plaque brooch doubled its low estimate to make £2000; a diamond and ruby foliate spray brooch made £2125; and a yellow diamond and diamond cluster ring took bids of £2750. A Georgian amethyst, enamel and pearl necklace found a buyer at £2125; a pair of natural pearl, sapphire and diamond drop earrings made £3500; whilst an Art Deco zircon and diamond double clip brooch tripled its low estimate to make £3000. Two similar diamond bracelets, one set with 46 diamonds and the other with 28 diamonds in different settings made £4500 and £4750 respectively. An exceptional pair of diamond earrings, each set with an old cushion-shaped stone of about 2.2 carats, made £12500.
The sale’s final lot secured almost as high a price and had been much admired by all who saw it. A gold, enamel and agate miniature carriage clock by Cartier had been a 50th wedding anniversary gift to the vendor’s grandparents in 1926. With an affectionate inscription on it base to commemorate the gift, the little masterpiece (6 x 3.8 x 3cm) ticked up steady bids before being bought for £11875.
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