Author Archives: Lucinda Blythe

  1. Sweetheart brooches | 16 January

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    A group of sweetheart and military brooches will be offered in the first auction of 2019, Jewellery, Silver, Coins and Medals, which takes place on 16 January at Donnington Priory.

    During the course of the world wars servicemen departing home for precarious and unpredictable conditions would leave gifts with their loved ones, with a small brooch depicting the service crest or a soldier’s regimental badge particularly popular. The name sweetheart can be misleading, suggesting that the jewel was only given to a serviceman’s sweetheart, however, the piece could be given to anyone whom the individual was leaving behind – parents, family and children.

  2. Fine Art | 5 December | Results Highlights

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    Dreweatts Fine Art sale held on 5 December saw competitive bidding for works across the spectrum of old master, 18th, 19th and 20th works offered for sale.

    Dutch School (late 17thc. / early 18thc.), Portrait of a lady with pearls,
    oil on canvas, est. £700-900, sold for £1,875

  3. Wines for Christmas | 14 December

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    Ahead of the auction of Fine and Rare Wines and Spirits on 14 December, Mark Robertson, Head of Dreweatts’ Wine department, shares his recommendations for the festive season.

    With a December wine auction, one has to factor in Christmas when perusing our highlights. I can only write according to my own expectations.

    I will be spending Christmas Day with my brother, our teetotal wives and our children. Unlike the French, our kids are only interested in having a wine with an “H”…

  4. Interiors’ highlights | 12 December

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    The December auction of Interiors features an eclectic and interesting group of furniture, clocks, paintings, ceramics and glass, Asian ceramics and works of art and European works of art as well as a private collection of maps and works on paper from a Normandy Manoir.

    Dreweatts Interiors sales are a regular auction event throughout the year and they provide a rich source for clients looking to either furnish a new home from scratch or add to existing rooms.

    We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like further information on either buying or selling in our Interiors auctions. Please contact us: | +44 (0)1635 553 553.

    Browse the full catalogue here

  5. Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures | 4 December

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    Bloomsbury Auctions’ Western and Oriental Manuscripts and Miniatures takes place on 4 December, with pre-sale viewing at 16-17 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y 5LU. The auction itself will be held at 67 Pall Mall, St James’s, London SW1Y 5ES.

    For all bidding and sale information, please contact: | +44 (0)20 7839 8880

    Browse the full catalogue here

    Lot 7, detail of large white-vine initial,
    from a copy of Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos, in Latin
    est. £700-900 (+fees)

  6. Fine Art highlights | 5 December

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    The forthcoming auction of Fine Art on 5 December features 245 lots from Giorgio Vasari ranging through to contemporary works by Banksy, Peter Blake, Andy Goldsworthy and Jonas Wood.

    To discuss consigning to future auctions and for all buying and bidding enquiries contact: | +44 (0)1635 553 553.

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  7. Of classical interest | Interiors | 12 December

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    The forthcoming December 14 auction of Interiors features several lots with scenes and motifs from classical Roman civilisation. Many of these date from the time when the European Grand Tour revived interest in this era.

    Lot 206, Italian School, 19th century, a set of six book plates of classical statues

    Lots 204 (est. £100-200 +fees) and 206 (est. £300-500 +fees), both Italian School, date from the 18th and 19th centuries respectively.

    Lot 204, Italian School, 18th century, two engravings depicting components of Roman armour

    The first, showing right, consists of two engravings showing components of Roman armour, with the second lot, showing left, comprising six book plates of classical statues.


  8. Specialists’ Watch picks | 28 November

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    Our Watch specialists Adrian Hailwood and Nick Mann make their selection of highlights from the group of Fine Watches in the forthcoming auction of Fine Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Objects of Vertu, taking place on 28 November.

    We would be delighted to hear from you if you are considering selling your watch at auction and if you have any queries about buying watches either in this auction or future sales. Contact us at or +44 (0)1635 553 553.

    Browse the full catalogue here

  9. Fine British and European Sculpture | 22 November

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    Following on from a highly successful auction in June, Dreweatts is preparing for the Fine British and European Sculpture sale on 22 November. The auction will span a considerable range of desirable pieces, from Egyptian antiquities, to Mediaeval and Renaissance sculpture, to works by noted modern British and European sculptors. This eclectic array of Fine Sculpture will also include a strong selection of items of Grand Tour interest.

  10. Results Highlights from Japanese Works of Art | 13 November

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    The auction of Japanese Works of Art, held on 13 November, realised an aggregate sale total of £365,431 against pre-sale estimates of £233,660-345,740; 186 lots were offered, and of these 157 were sold. The auction featured a wide range of pieces: netsuke, lacquerware, cloisonné enamels, fans, satsuma and woodblock prints, as well as a fine collection of Meiji bronzes.

    Browse the full results here.

    We would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in either buying or consigning in future auctions. Contact us at: or +44 (0)1635 553 553.