Dreweatts’ Luxury Sale Comes to The Cumberland Hotel

Dreweatts’ stylish Luxury Sale of Fine Handbags, Pens and Accessories on 10th October will be held in the fabulous contemporary foyer of the Cumberland Hotel, near London’s landmark Marble Arch.

One of the highlights of the sale is undoubtedly the costume jewellery of the Duchess of Windsor (click here for press release) however this impressive Luxury Sale embraces so much more.

Fashionistas will have their hearts racing for the handbags on offer. A well known beauty and ‘national treasure’ is selling two 20th century design icons: a black crocodile Hermès Sac Mallette and a beautiful brown crocodile Kelly Bag, each stamped ‘Hermès Paris’ (lots 207 and 208 respectively). Both date from the 1960s and come with a dust bag; the former has an estimate of £3000-5000 while the latter, which is in near mint condition, is expected to fetch £8000-12000. Oozing luxury is a dark red alligator Classic Chanel bag of circa 2008 (lot 198); it has a white metal and leather threaded chain strap, stamped logos and a white metal label engraved with ‘Chanel Made in France’. This epitome of a Chanel bag, comes with its authenticity card and is expected to fetch around £8000-12000. The following lot is a numbered hard-sided vanity case by Louis Vuitton, with the traditional monogrammed canvas and leather stamped trim with brass mounted corners, locks and latches, and a brown leather interior with a lift-out tray, two keys and leather key tag. The Duchess of Windsor made this model famous and the example here has an estimate of £1000-1500.

The Costume Jewellery section in the Luxury Sale includes some eye-catching pieces by a variety of well known designers. Lot 138 is a red, green, blue and yellow cabochon couture bib neck piece signed by Yves St Laurent with matching ear clips and is estimated £1200-1500. Andrew Logan the eccentric sculptural artist, created 50 limited edition Swatch ‘Jellyfish’ for the 1985 Alternative Miss World Competition and Dreweatts’ sale includes such a piece; lot 209 is a signed fish-shaped pendant watch encrusted with sequins, pastes and glitter and it is estimated £4000-6000. A striking amber and freshwater torsade necklace (lot 126) attributed to Eileen Coyne is estimated £300-400 while the signed, six row faceted labradorite and freshwater cultured pearl necklace by Kim Poor (lot 127) is expected to fetch between £600-800. A particularly dramatic item is the polished rock crystal cuff bangle made from a single piece of rock (lot 129) this is estimated £500-700.

Dreweatts’ Luxury Sale also incorporates a Fine Pens section of which one of the highlights is the Anniversary edition ‘Rakucho and Cherry Blossom’ Dunhill Namiki, maki-e lacquer fountain pen of 1996 which is estimated £4000-6000 (lot 232). The main attraction is however, a private collection of rare OMAS limited edition and prototype pens, some of which have never been seen on the market before now, including a hexagonal black resin Frank Lloyd Wright prototype fountain pen (lot 234). Estimated at £200-300 this early design never reached production and was inspired by the company’s study of the American architect’s original drawings. Also amongst the OMAS limited edition fountain pens, is an interesting group of four pens made to commemorate the 50 year founding of the state of Israel from 1948-1998 (lot 266). The set comprises an 18 carat gold fountain pen and .925 standard silver fountain pen with matching roller ball pens. Each overlay is cut with the seven flames of the Menorah, the symbol of the State of Israel, revealing a blue vegetal resin barrel, the colour of the Israeli flag; these fountain pens are designed to write both the English and Hebrew alphabet and are engraved with the Star of David. This handsome set which has the 3/400 early number so prized by collectors, is expected to fetch £4000-6000. Also noteworthy is the OMAS Jerusalem 3000, a limited edition fountain pen boasting the very early number 2/500; it has an 18 carat gold barrel and cap overlay, designed as a spiralling openwork band cast in relief with symbols of the City of Jerusalem, the Jaffa Gate, the Zion Gate, the Lion gate, the Wailing Wall, the ancient star, the Seal of Solomon and it is signed OMAS Extra Italy. The design is set off by the purpura crimson resin barrel, and it carries an estimate of £1200-1800 (lot 265).

Dreweatts’ Luxury Sale will be on display from Thursday 29th September to Monday 10th October in the foyer of The Cumberland, a contemporary four-star property in the prestigious Guoman Hotels collection, which is located in London’s Marble Arch.

The auction will also be held at The Cumberland on Monday 10th October at 2.00pm. On display with the same dates is Dreweatts’ Urban Contemporary sale.

To view the sale catalogue online, please click here

For further press information please contact Vanessa Clewes Salmon: email: Vanessa.wildwood@gmail.com or tel: 020 8458 3288

For information about The Luxury Sale please contact James Nicholson Dreweatts’ International Director of Jewellery, Silver and Watches on tel: 01635 553 553

For information about viewing and the sale at The Cumberland please contact Leanne Gosford: Email: Leanne.gosford@sirenpr.co.uk or tel: 020 8237 1210

Dreweatts - 26 September 2011