18th Century Bilston Enamels

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London - An exceptional private single owner collection of Bilston and other English enamels will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu on Thursday 27th November. The collection dates from mid-18th century during the most prolific period of enamel production in Bilston.

David Rees, Director of Silver & Objects of Vertu at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions said: "It is a pleasure to see a collection of English enamels preserved in such wonderful condition. These works pertain to a period when Britain was creating and decorating beautiful objects and to see pieces in near original condition is a rare and exciting opportunity."

A Bilston enamel rectangular writing box or etui,
circa 1770, the interior with two cut glass bottles. 6.7cm (2 5/8in) long
[Lot 211] est. £1,500-2,000

A Bilston enamel combined scent bottle and bonbonnière,
circa 1765-1770, 9cm (3 1/2in) high
[Lot 177] est. £700-900

A Bilston enamel bird bonbonnière, circa 1775-1780, modelled and painted as a blue-tit, 4.5cm (1 3/4in) high
[Lot 181] est. £250-350

A Bilston enamel oblong snuff box,
circa 1765-1770, 7.5cm (3in) long
[Lot 162] £250-350

A Bilston enamel combined scent bottle and bonbonnière, circa 1765, 9cm (3 1-2in) high
[Lot 179] £500-700

Bilston enamel drum shaped bougie box,
circa 1775, 6cm (2 1/2in) high
[Lot 199] est. £250-350

A Bilston enamel nutmeg grater
circa 1770, with unusual purple ground, 4.8cm (1 7/8in) high
[Lot 173] est. £180-220

The Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' saleroom in London's Mayfair during a day of luxury sales on Thursday 27th November that will also include watches, jewellery, vintage pens and luxury accessories. The full catalogue will be available to view and download at www.dreweatts.com


Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are a UK 'top 5' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. As part of Stanley Gibbons we are the only UK stock-exchange listed firm of auctioneers and occupy the same stable as coin specialists Baldwin's, and Frasers Autograph's. Established in 1759, we have the broadest and most regular calendar of specialist catalogued sales in the industry, numbering over 150 per annum, and provide vendors and buyers alike access to market-leading specialist advice in any number of collecting fields. We operate from salerooms in Donnington Priory (near Newbury), London's Mayfair, Bristol and Godalming.

London - 18th November 2014