Author Archives: Lucinda Blythe

  1. Fine Furniture highlights | 27 March

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    HIGHLIGHTS FROM FINE FURNITURE, CARPETS, CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART | 27 MARCH

    The first Fine Furniture auction of the year at Donnington Priory features over 300 lots, and includes furniture, from the 16th century through to the Victorian era, and continental pieces from Spain, Italy and France; carpets and rugs from Persia and Turkey; textiles, tapestries and needlework; lighting in the form of chandeliers, lanterns and candlesticks; ceramics and porcelain from Wedgwood and Meissen are also offered, as well as a group of Staffordshire salt-glazed stoneware.

  2. Mary Hare | Charity for 2019

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    DREWEATTS NOMINATE MARY HARE AS THEIR CHARITY OF THE YEAR
    Dreweatts is delighted to announce that Mary Hare School for deaf children will be our charity for 2019.

     

  3. A trio of limited edition Montblancs | 13 March

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    Three exceptional limited edition fountain pens by Montblanc | Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver, Objects of Vertu and Fine Pens | 13 March

    At the turn of the 20th century the fountain pen made its technical and commercial breakthrough as a writing instrument, as inventors and craftsmen combining forces. ‘Manufacturers of high-class gold and fountain pens’ was the claim made by the Simplo Filler Pen Co., as the firm of Montblanc was then known. In 1909 the name ‘Montblanc’ came into use – a neat way to associate its pens, the pinnacle of writing instruments, with Mont Blanc, the highest and most majestic peak in the Alps. Four years later the white star emblem became the brand logo and trademark.

    Since the 1980s Montblanc has demonstrated a commitment to art, culture and charity through its series of highly innovative limited edition pens and here we present three stunning examples of such fountain pens from the forthcoming March auction.

  4. An impressive Edwardian brooch | 13 March

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    Introducing an impressive Edwardian aquamarine and diamond brooch formerly the property of Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Vicountess Astor

    To be offered in Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Objects of Vertu | 13 March 2019

  5. The Lord Braybrooke Collection | 12 March

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    THE LORD BRAYBROOKE COLLECTION OF FINE LIVE STEAM LOCOMOTIVES FROM AUDLEY END, SAFFRON WALDEN
    TO BE OFFERED IN THE TRANSPORT SALE, 12 MARCH 2019

    Dreweatts’ March 12 2019 Transport Sale features The Lord Braybrooke Collection of Fine Live Steam Locomotives, comprising 3½ inch, 5 inch and 10¼ inch gauge locomotives from the Audley End Miniature Railway.

  6. The Matchless 250cc Sport | 12 March

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    The Transport Sale, to include The Lord Braybrooke Collection of Fine Live Steam Locomotives from Audley End, Saffron Walden, on 12 March, also includes a dashing vintage motorcycle – a restored 1963 Matchless 250cc Sport.

    First registered on 6 December 1963, the motorcycle bears the registration plate 522 HWE and is estimated £3,750-4,250 (+fees).

  7. The Bill Connor Collection | 12 March

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    INTRODUCING: THE BILL CONNOR COLLECTION
    TO BE OFFERED IN THE TRANSPORT SALE ON 12 MARCH

    The collection comprises a group of award winning aero engines, half size motor cycle engines and a gold medal winning 5 inch gauge model of the Britannia class 4-6-2 tender locomotive ’Hereward the Wake’ no. 70037.

    Bill Connor (1930-2018) grew up in South London and learned model engineering from his father who built boats and locomotives using just a treadle lathe and hand tools. Bill started out as an apprentice instrument maker at Siemens and did his National Service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He also worked at Everard Engineering of Greenhithe and Arnolds Precision Engineering at Branbridges, East Peckham.

    His skills were used to the full in his later life when his model engineering projects took off. He adored motorcycle engines and hit upon the idea of building half size engines dating from the 1930-60s. As these came without plans he took photographs and measurements and made his own scale drawings. All parts were made from solid billets of aluminium and steel and took hours of hand matching. Bill Connor went on to win many gold medals and trophies for his model engines and his presence at exhibitions was always a big draw to visitors who would bombard him with their questions.

  8. Interiors | 27 February

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    INTERIORS | 27 FEBRUARY
    INCLUDING THE CONTENTS OF A LONDON TOWNHOUSE

    The auction this February features a unique and fascinating personal collection of 150 lots assembled over a period of 25 years. Quirky, original pieces from the owner’s Fitzrovia townhouse are to be found here, including: sculpture, early, 19th century and modern furniture, ship models, oriental works of art, silver, ceramics and glassware, tribal art and vintage luggage. Possibly more of a curator than a keeper, the owner brought together these items with discernment, arranging them artfully in his London home and juxtaposing them here with stylish modern furnishings.

    Highlights from The Contents of a London townhouse:

  9. The ultimate tool watch | 10 July

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    Coming up in Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver, 10 July, this Rolex ‘Comex’ Submariner is the ultimate expression of a tool watch. Consigned by the family of the original owner, the dive watch was worn by Johny Henry Simpson (better known as Jack Simpson).

  10. A rare Thomas Tompion timepiece | 20 February

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    INTRODUCING AN IMPORTANT TIMEPIECE FROM THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORKSHOP
    IN THE ‘GOLDEN AGE’ OF ENGLISH CLOCKMAKING

    From the February 20 auction of Fine Clocks, Barometers and Scientific Instruments: a rare gilt brass mounted ebony alarm timepiece of month duration with silent-pull quarter-repeat, Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London, No. 92, est. £30,000-50,000 (+fees).

    Thomas Tompion is often referred to as the ‘father of English clock and watchmaking’ and when considering the legacy of his work and influence on subsequent generations, such a tribute is justly deserved.

    Here we present an overview of the career of Thomas Tompion and a summary of his timepiece from the upcoming auction.

    Read the full technical specifications here