Three late Qing dynasty Chinese bracelets in their original ivory fitted boxes attracted strong bidding at the second sale to be held by the new Jewellery Department of Mayfair auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb earlier this month.
The trio of late 19th to early 20th century bracelets, two of which had carved tortoiseshell and hornbill panels, and all from the same Chinese workshop, had been estimated at £1500 to £2000 each. They all sold to a Chinese buyer for £5,700, £5500 and £5200, showing the continued strength of the market for high-quality Chinese pieces.
Other highlights of the sale included a single stone diamond ring, the old brilliant-cut diamond weighing 6.08 carats, selling for £19,200, and a 1970s’ amethyst and rock crystal choker necklace, made for a private commission by the internationally renowned jeweller David Thomas, which fetched £5,760.
A collection of four Georgian posy rings and another example dating from the 16th century all comfortably achieved their estimates between £1,000 and £2,000, whilst a beautiful Edwardian diamond and black opal brooch with a fine display of colour fetched £5,000, at the top end of the estimate.
A classic Patek Philippe gentleman’s automatic calendar wristwatch, dating from 1965, attracted considerable interest from trade and private buyers, exceeding estimate and selling for £6,600.