19th August Fine Art Sale – Jewellery section achieves over £54,000 in combined hammer prices

The Jewellery section in our Fine Art sales typically does well, but our 19th August sale achieved hammer prices beyond expectations. We had 202 Jewellery lots in the sale, with estimates ranging from £40-60 up to £8,000-10,000 for a 3 carat diamond solitaire, meaning there was something in the section for just about all budgets.…

Collecting Royal Worcester Porcelain

A Royal Worcester twin handled vase and cover, painted with blackberries and leaves to an ivory ground, signed "K Blake", puce mark and date code for 1934. Sold for £140 at Anthemion Auctions

The Royal Worcester porcelain factory is the oldest, continuously operating, English porcelain factory still in production today.  Their impeccable craftsmanship and tailored design produces fine bone china collections of iconic British luxury tableware.  The creation of beautiful porcelain items had being ongoing in Asia for centuries before and through trade the British public began to…

Robert Thompson of Kilburn – “Mouseman”

Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (1876 - 1955) was a British furniture maker, based in Kilburn, North Yorkshire. Thompson's trademark was a carved mouse, which appears on every piece he made from 1919 onward, hence the moniker "Mouseman". The story surrounding the iconic trademark, as told by Robert Thompson himself, was that one of his craftsmen remarked…

Welsh Dressers

An 18th century North Wales oak dresser, the rack with the moulded cornice above a shaped frieze and three shelvesLot 431 in our February 21st Fine Sale

The Commanding Presence that is the Welsh Dresser Dressers have been around for a long time and have a rich historical background.  A Welsh Dresser, also termed a kitchen dresser, is a piece of wooden utilitarian furniture consisting of drawers and cupboards in the lower parts with shelves and perhaps a sideboard on top giving…

Diamonds

The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. When discovered, diamonds were valued because of their strength and beauty, and for their ability to refract light and engrave metal. Historically, diamonds were worn as adornments, used as cutting tools and…

Lalique Glass

A Lalique Beauvais vase with a tapering decagon cylindrical body with five graduated scrolling leaves to each side, stencilled LALIQUE FRANCE to the base, approximately 19.3cm tall x 24.5cm wide. Sold for £700 at Anthemion Auctions

An icon of French glass making, Lalique is inextricably linked to the Art Nouveau era with its organic sensibilities and Art Deco’s stylised geometric elements. The creator, René Lalique, studied design in London before returning to Paris to become an apprentice of leading art nouveau Jeweller and Goldsmith, Louis Aucou.  He designed and made many…