Author Archives: Lucinda Blythe

  1. Arts and Crafts jewellery highlights

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    The forthcoming auction of Jewellery, Silver and Coins, 10th October, features jewellery by a trio of makers working in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were heavily influenced by the motifs and materials of the Art Deco and Arts & Crafts movements and produced pieces in silver, occasionally gold, with turquoise a preferred material and enamelling a popular technique.

  2. Autumn Art Show

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    On Saturday 6th October an Autumn Art Show in aid of The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust in association with Dreweatts 1759 will take place at Donnington Priory.

  3. Fine Furniture, Carpets and Works of Art

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    The forthcoming auction, on 5th September, features 160 lots of furniture, carpets, mirrors and chandeliers from the 17th through to the 20th century and in a wide range of superb materials. The selection of fine furniture runs from the grandest of library bookcases to the most delicate of ‘butterfly’ tables by English and European makers. Carpets hail from the workshops of Agra, Tabriz, Heriz, Tetex, amongst others, all of which would make the perfect finishing touch to an interior space. Spectacular mirrors date from the William & Mary, Georgian and Regency eras, as well as examples from the Continent.

  4. Exploring the local landscape

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    Dreweatts Fine Art department is seeking out hidden gems in the local shires to learn more about the area and share interesting places to visit right on your doorstep. We will visit museums, artists’ residences, National Trust properties and exhibitions in the counties surrounding Donnington Priory. We will paint a picture of the wealth of culture in our area, highlighting important artists and artistic movements along the way.

  5. Vintage Heuer Wristwatches

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    To be offered in the auction of Watches and Luxury Accessories | 12 September

    This September Dreweatts offers a group of vintage Heuer wristwatches from a Private European Collection. The selection totals 35 and includes a number of iconic Autavia and Carrera models, of special note are two rare timepieces: an Autavia Military stainless steel chronograph wristwatch made for the Israeli Defence Force and a Carrera stainless steel chronograph wristwatch for the Belgian Airforce. Other Heuer models in the collection are Camaro, Barrel, Montreal, Daytona, Verona and Cortina, as well as two stainless steel Divers’ watches from the 1980s.

    The group ranges in date from the 1940s through to the mid-1980s with individual watch low estimates starting at £300 and ranging up to £6,000.

    A selection of highlights from the collection

  6. Announcing Berenice

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    Mallett and Dreweatts 1759 in collaboration with the Saatchi Gallery are delighted to announce: Dancing with Colour, a selling exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the British artist Berenice Sydney (1944-1983).

    This show, remarkably the first presentation of her work staged at a major public art gallery in over thirty years, reflects Berenice’s signature lyrical and highly animated graphic style. Her works, notable for their fluency of form and movement are inscribed with her passion for music and dance – she studied classical ballet, guitar and flamenco – as well as the sense of liberation and freedom of expression which prevailed in Britain during the 1960s.

    Proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Royal Academy Schools. Says the spokesperson: ‘We are delighted that proceeds from the Berenice Sydney exhibition will contribute towards an award to a student studying at the Royal Academy Schools. The award will be made at the annual Premiums Exhibition and will give vital support to the development of the recipients work in their final year of study.’

  7. Highlights on view at Pall Mall

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    Jewellery, Coins and Medals highlights will be on exhibition at Dreweatts’ London office on Tuesday 7th August, from 10am – 5pm.

    Lot 154, late Victorian diamond, ruby and sapphire swallow brooch, est. £150-250 (+ fees)

    The selection has been made from the auction of Jewellery, Silver, Coins and Medals which takes place the following week on Tuesday 14th August at Donnington Priory.

    The London office, at 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s, will also be hosting a Valuation Day on 7th August to which clients may bring Jewellery, Silver, Watches, Luxury Accessories and Asian Works of Art.

    To book a valuation appointment, please call: 020 7839 8880 or email:

    Read here about lot 460: The medals and associated ephemera of Gladys, Lady Swaythling, which will also be on exhibition in the Pall Mall office.

  8. Results: Manuscripts & Miniatures

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    Our twice yearly auctions of Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures feature lots dating in range from Ancient papyrus, to medieval charters, rolls and illuminated codices (or fragments or cuttings of these) and continue through to later manuscripts from the centuries immediately following the invention of printing, and even later in the cases of the cultures of the Near East as well as those such as Iceland and Ireland when printing in those languages did not become the norm until the dawn of our modern age.

    These auctions are divided into examples of manuscripts from both the Western world and the Islamic and other neighbouring cultures of the Eastern world.

    Our next auction will be held on Tuesday 4th December.

    Top Ten prices realised: Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 10th July 2018

    Lot Description Estimate (GBP) Sold (GBP)
    90 The Hours of Isabella d’Este, Use of Rome, in Latin, opulently illuminated manuscript, [Italy (Florence), c. 1490]


    £200,000-300,000 £421,600
    81 The Canterbury ‘Trussel’ Bible, with prologues of Jerome and interpretation of Hebrew names, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on fine parchment [southern England, or perhaps Northern France, third quarter of the thirteenth century] £100,000- 150,000 £124,000
    87 Basil of Caesarea, Epistola ad Adolenscentes, in the Latin translation of Leonardo Bruni, and Epistola ad Gregorium, in the Latin translation of Francesco Filelfo, with other texts, manuscript on parchment [Italy (Milan), c. 1440 – c. 1450] £70,000-90,000 £86,000
    79 Niketas Akominatos Choniates, Chronike Diegesis (a contemporary chronicle of the Crusades to the Holy Land), in Gree, decorated manuscript on paper [northern Italy (Venice), dated 3 October 1541] £30,000-50,000 £59,520
    6 Bible, Zechariah, 14:21 – Malachi 2:10, in Hebrew, manuscript on parchment [Oriental (Near East), tenth or eleventh century] £30,000-50,000 £37,200
    80 Presbyter Leo of Naples, Historia Alexandri Magni (Historia de Preliis), in Latin, manuscript on paper [Italy (perhaps northern border with Switzerland), second half of fourteenth century] £30,000-50,000 £37,200
    91 Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, in the Dutch translation of Geert Grote, illuminated manuscript on parchment [northern Netherlands (almost certainly Zwolle), c. 1470-80] £30,000-50,000 £37,200
    82 William Peraldus, Summa de Vitiis, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [France (perhaps central), late thirteenth century] £25,000-35,000 £31,000
    86 Tibullus, Elegae ad Messalam Corvinum, in Latin verse, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Italy (probably southern Italy), late fifteenth century] £25,000-35,000 £24,800
    5 Bible, Cantica Canticorum (Song of Songs 4:12–14 and 5: 8-9), in Sahidic Coptic, miniscule manuscript on parchment [Egypt, fifth cen tury] £15,000-20,000 £18,600

    View full auction results here

  9. Dreweatts appoints Adrian Hailwood

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    Adrian Hailwood joins Dreweatts

    Dreweatts is delighted to announce that Adrian Hailwood has joined the Watch team at Dreweatts, Donnington Priory. With 25 years of experience within the watch and jewellery industry, working for companies such as Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mappin & Webb and seven years as Boutique Manager for Breguet, watches have been both a career and a passion for Adrian.