'Form' Watches Take Many Shapes in Auction
Spanning Centuries of Horological History at Ely House
London, Dover Street-The 98 lot section of watches and timepieces in Dreweatts' Iconic Jewels & Treasures sale on Thursday 3rd December will bring together three private collections that span over two and a half centuries of horology from 1750 to present day. The sale, taking place at Ely House in London, will feature pieces by the leading names of horological history including John Ellicott, Rolex, Cartier, Bulgari, Jaeger LeCoultre and Patek Philippe.
The sales leading and earliest timepiece is a fine diamond set presentation case watch by exalted English clock and watchmaker John Ellicott (1706-1772) [est. £30,000-40,000, Lot 120]. The piece, similar to an Ellicott watch in the Victoria & Albert Museum collection, hails from an American collection and has remained unseen for over 70 years. Ellicott gained a reputation of creating pieces of outstanding beauty and technical excellence. His clocks and watches were highly regarded and sought after by the aristocracy and monarchs of Europe and he became clock maker to George III, supplying clocks and watches to Ferdinand IV of Spain.
A private collection of eight 19th century gold and enamel 'form' watches from an aristocratic British family take the shapes of mandolins, violins, harps and a flower. In the December sale these highly rare and sought after timepieces range in value from £800-£4,000. The collection includes a gold enamel harp watch, circa 1820, [est. £800-1,200, Lot 124] and a gilt enamel Mandolin watch, circa 1820 [est. £3,000-4,000, Lot 127].
Further examples of 19th century clockmaking include a group of pocket watches inherited from a dealer in Sweden who collected unusual and rare watches and timepieces. An early Victorian open faced pocket watch in this collection is engraved with a rare depiction of the Capitol, Washington DC prior to its remodeling in 1850s and was made by Lewis H Samuel, whose decedents went on to create H. Samuel, one of the leading jewellers in most British towns [est. £800-1,200, Lot 142]. From the same collection is an early Breguet open face pocket watch, circa 1790 [est. £2,000-3,000 Lot 143].
Elsewhere, the more contemporary wristwatch section covers all tastes from the leading collectible brands including Rolex, Cartier, Bulgari, Jaeger LeCoultre, Hublot and Panerai among others. Of particular note is a titanium ceramic wristwatch, Bubba Watson Asia Edition by Richard Mille, circa 2013 [est. £20,000-30,000, Lot 193] and an 18 carat gold automatic centre seconds calendar wristwatch by Patek Philippe, circa 2008 [est. £12,000-18,000, Lot 216].
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions is the trading name of The Fine Art Auction Group, and is a UK 'top' auctioneer of fine art and collectibles. It covers all aspects of fine art and antiques, with market leading specialists in Traditional Furniture, Clocks and Paintings, Contemporary Art and Design, Modern Prints, Books and Works on Paper, Fine Jewellery and Objects of Vertu, Asian Art and Fine Wine.
Mallett Antiques, a subsidiary of The Fine Art Auction Group, is one of the oldest established antique dealers in the world, celebrating its 150 year anniversary in 2015. It specialises in the finest pieces of furniture and works of art, including pictures, clocks and other high quality objets d'art, primarily from the 18th century and Regency periods.
The business operates from two flagship showrooms, the magnificent Ely House on London's Dover Street and 929 Madison Ave (at 74th) in New York. It also boasts the picturesque country house Donnington Priory as it's Berkshire salerooms for more the more traditional auctions and a secondary London saleroom on Maddox Street that specialises in Books and Works on Paper.
London - 6th November 2015