Saturday 21st April, 2018
One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales, 
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales
 

DIAMONDS LEAD THE DAY…

Lawrences’ recent auction of jewellery and watches in Crewkerne reported consistent successes and there were plenty of strong prices to boost the day’s turnover.

A gentleman’s steel `Explorer` wristwatch by Rolex from the early 1970’s topped its estimate to make £8500 and a pair of diamond stud earrings made £6580. A host of strong bids at the end of the sale saw £4880 paid for a Victorian diamond, enamel and gold bracelet, £7300 for a diamond necklace set with 95 graduated diamonds, £9760 paid for an Art Deco ruby and diamond ring and £10000 paid for a magnificent diamond solitaire ring with a 2.2 carat stone.

“We had an excellent sale,” commented Lawrences’ jewellery specialist, Miranda Bingham. “From start to finish, there was enthusiasm right across the sale with particularly good prices paid for gold items and there were many bids for the ever-dependable strength of interest in high quality stones. Diamonds are still the most sought after but the £8000 paid for the Art Deco ruby set ring shows that interest from buyers extends across all styles and stones. We are already assembling a strong sale for July in all departments and entries are warmly invited.”  


FOX MASK CAUGHT BY SILVER HUNTERS FOR £5000 IN 470-LOT SALE...

Our week of Spring sales in Crewkerne started with over 470 lots of silver and vertu and there was enthusiasm for all that was on offer.

A small and rare wine taster from 1665 dated from the reign of Charles II and doubled expectations to make £1460 whilst a finely chased stirrup cup in the form of a fox mask from 1845 also outran its £2500-3000 estimate to make £5000.  Two other “drinkers’ lots” proved popular when an 18th Century beer jug, possibly Colonial, brought good cheer at just over £2000 and a Victorian ewer or claret jug made a corking £1220. An impressive suite of four graduated meat dishes from 1831, sold with four plated dish covers to match, soared to £9760.

Later in the sale, a finely decorated French ivory fan found a warm welcome and made £1830 whilst a miniature portrait of Captain Robert Woolf Junior, finely painted by John Smart Junior (the sitter’s own cousin) combined a dashing subject with this unusual link between artist and sitter and made £2190.